Coming Soon: “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” at Ann Arbor Civic Theatre

 

Conflict and chaos are coming to the Arthur Miller Theatre stage in Ann Arbor Civic Theatre’s production of “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” by Christopher Durang.

In this Tony Award-winning comedy, siblings Vanya and Sonia live a quiet life in the family’s old farmhouse in Pennsylvania. When their famous movie-star sister, Masha, comes for a visit, their lives are turned upside-down.

It certainly doesn’t help that Masha has brought a young boy-toy, Spike, with her, and their energy and self-involvement creates conflict and chaos. Into the chaos enters Cassandra, the wise-cracking prophetic housekeeper and Nina, the adorable young neighbor. Over the course of a weekend relationships are strained, broken and rebuilt, and no one is quite the same again.

“This is one of the funniest scripts I’ve read in a long time,” says director Cassie Mann. “There is plenty of broad humor, but a lot of subtlety and nuance. Christopher Durang has paid homage to Anton Chekhov by naming several of the characters after characters in Chekhov plays, and by incorporating some Chekhovian themes and plot points, even a play-within-a-play about climate change, penned over 100 years ago. While the references are fun, the audience doesn’t need to be familiar with Chekhov to fully enjoy the play. Chekhov enthusiasts, however, will delight in the references and the loving tribute Durang pays to the great Russian playwright.”

The talented cast features Thom Johnson as Vanya, Ellen Finch as Sonia, Denyse Clayton as Masha, John Harrison as Spike, Ann Stoner as Cassandra, and Aliahna Porter as Nina.

A2CT presents “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” March 14-17 at the Arthur Miller Theatre at 1226 Murfin Ave. in Ann Arbor.

Performances are Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults, $22 for seniors, and $12 for students. Thursday’s performance is pay-what-you-can for tickets purchased at the door. Tickets and information are available at www.a2ct.org or by calling call the office at 734-971-2228. Tickets are also available at the door beginning 45 minutes before each performance.

A2CT is partnering with the Huron River Watershed Council to bring awareness to the importance of protecting and restoring the Huron River for a healthy and vibrant community.

 

 

 

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  • Loved the whole episode of love, life and discovery. The script offered lots of opportunity for actors to use good timing, be witty, be smart, and connect with each other. Some really fine acting. I especially loved Ellen Finch’s monologue. Cassandra was a wise hoot; Masha shot a lot of not-so-wild arrows; Spike was both out of it and too smart for it; Uncle Vanya was the softly wise mediator – until his wild monologue that expressed all of his repression and his love; and the winged neighbor was the future, kind and smart. What an uplifting experience. But mostly fun. Well done.

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