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Christopher Durang initially wrote Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike to precisely match the inimitable talents of David Hyde Pierce, Sigourney Weaver and Kristine Nielsen. So it’s no surprise that the earnest, eager and ambitious Chicken Coop Theatre troupe based at the Levis JCC in Boca Raton only succeeds in brief flashes and rarely delivers the script’s potential
You’ll laugh wildly at the pumped up, absurd comic antics in Riverside Theatre’s brilliant production of Christopher Durang’s award-winning Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. But then, it’ll sneak up, shake you out of your comedy-induced coma and warm you with the positive notion that life is all about hope
Under the vanities and inanities, the witty literary allusions and the silly sight gags, “Vanya and Sonia and Marsha and Spike” gently pokes fun at people who have wasted their lives. But don’t fret, mostly director Joseph Adler and his cast deliver a good old-fashioned, absurdist character comedy at GableStage.
GableStage Season Features McCraney’s Antony & Cleopatra, and Durang’s Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike
GableStage’s 2013-2014 slate includes the just- coronated Tony winner for best play, Christopher Durang’s hilarious Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. Equally notable is the debut of hometown hero Tarell Alvin McCraney’s reinterpretation of Antony and Cleopatra in a joint production with the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Public Theatre in New York City that is likely to attract international attention.
Report From New York: Durang’s Satire Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike Is Funny and Cutting and Silly and Superb
So among the fine, entertaining evenings and afternoons in theater this trip, the highlight hands down was watching a brilliant cast under Nicholas Martin’s direction make Christopher Durang’s wacky Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike into such a hilarious yet incisive satire on the 21st Century.