“Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” is a hilarious mash-up of themes and characters from Anton Chekhov’s works set in present-day Bucks County, Pennsylvania, but familiarity with the playwright isn’t necessary in this family reunion gone awry.Melancholy turns to mayhem when Vanya and his sister, Sonia — along with their clairvoyant housekeeper, Cassandra — are paid a surprise visit by their glamorous Hollywood sibling, Masha, and her 20-something boy toy, Spike. So begins a hilarious weekend of rivalry, regret and general uproar.
Will Vanya and Sonia ever find happiness? Will Masha sell the Bucks County farmhouse right out from under them? And will Spike ever put his pants on?
The wacky comedy by Christopher Durang won two Tony awards, including the 2013 Award for Best Play.
Directed by Irina Zaurov, UT instructor of theatre and alumna, the cast features Tim Keogh as Vanya, Pamela Tomassetti as Masha, UT alumna Jennifer Nagy Lake as Sonia, and Jeffrey Burden, delivery worker in Distribution Services and UT theatre student, as Spike. Lynnette Bates (Cassandra) and Elizabeth Cottle (Nina) round out the cast.
James S. Hill, UT professor emeritus of theatre, is the scenic/sound designer, Michelle Sullivan is the lighting designer, and Holly Monsos, UT associate dean of the College of Communication and the Arts, is the costume designer.
“Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” will open Friday, July 25, at 8 p.m. in the Center for Performing Arts Center Theatre.
Performances continue Saturday and Sunday, July 26 and 27, and Friday through Sunday, Aug. 1-3. Friday and Saturday performances will be at 8
p.m., and Sunday performances will be at 2 p.m.
Doors will open one half hour prior to curtain.
Ticket are $20 and are available in advance online at http://glacity.tix.com or at the door.
The July 27 matinee will be a “pay what you can” show, and tickets will be available at the door only.
Student rush tickets ($5) will be available at the door on any night with open seating remaining 10 minutes prior to curtain.
Go to glacity.org for more information.