“GIDDY! FUN! Gusts of laughter. A full-fledged comedy.” — The Boston Globe
“A great, great comedy! Very SHARP & WITTY!” — WGBH
“Outrageously funny! Impeccably performed. You couldn't ask for a funnier antidote to the winter blahs.” — South Shore Critic
In this wickedly wonderful Chekhovian mashup from master of comedy Christopher Durang (Betty's Summer Vacation), Vanya and Sonia's quiet, bucolic life is hilariously upended when their glamorous movie star sister arrives for the weekend with her brawny boy toy in tow. A Tony Award-winning Broadway sensation, this rollicking and touching new comedy pays loving homage to Chekhov's classic themes of loss and longing.
Approximate run time: 2 hours and 10 minutes, including one 10 minute intermission
"I'll never forget the experience of sitting among an audience overcome with the explosive laughter elicited by this hysterical riff on the work of the world's great playwrights. The brilliant Christopher Durang has written a clever and creative play, and I know our smart, Chekhov-savvy audience will find much to recognize and relish. I look forward to welcoming Christopher back to the Huntington." — Peter DuBois
"In my 20s, I read Chekhov's plays and loved them. My impetus for Vanya... was the realization that I am now the age of Chekhov's older characters. And I found myself wanting to write a comic play — not a parody, but its own thing. Set in Bucks County (PA) in the present. So I took themes and characters from Chekhov, and put them into a comic blender."— Christopher Durang
From WBUR's Here & Now, January 22, 2015: Robin Young interviews playwright Christoper Durang about his smash-hit comedy VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE.
Hear what audiences are saying about Christopher Durang's smash-hit Broadway comedy VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE at the Huntington, and get a sneak peek at scenes from the hit production.
Get to know Playwright Christopher Durang with this hysterical world premiere that turns Chekhov on its head. Durang's signature blend of neuroses and absurdity has never been more endearing...or relentlessly funny.
Meet Vanya, played by Martin Moran. Resigned to his life … More or less …
Meet Sonia, played by Marcia DeBonis. Discontent. Upset. Regretful.
Meet Masha, played by Candy Buckley. Glamorous. Successful. Goes gallivanting around the world.
Artistic Director Peter DuBois discusses the Huntington's upcoming production of Christopher Durang's hit Broadway comedy, and the enduring memory of Nicholas Martin, the Huntington's former artistic director.
Danielle Mages Amato, Literary Manager at The Old Globe, interviews Christopher Durang about his connection to Chekhov and his relationship with comedies. This article was excerpted in the Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike program.
The New York Times talks to numerous actors about what it is like to play the happy-go-lucky, often shirtless Spike in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.
The New York Times talks to playwright Christopher Durang about the success of his comedy Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.
"GIDDY! FUN! Gusts of laughter! A full-fledged comedy." — The Boston Globe"A great, great comedy! Very sharp and witty!" — WGBH"OUTRAGEOUSLY FUNNY! Impeccably performed. All members of this cast are wonderful. You couldn't ask for a funnier antidote to the winter blahs." — South Shore CriticCRITICS ARE RAVING ABOUT OUR INCREDIBLE CAST:"Martin Moran's soliloguy is one of the play's highlights. His delivery is both poignant and priceless." — South Shore Critic"Candy Buckley utterly cuts loose! There's an unhinged quality to her Masha.""Spike is played to lunkheaded perfection by Tyler Lansing Weaks.""Haneefah Wood is an absolute treat as Cassandra and Allison Layman is an asset as young Nina." — The Boston Globe "Marcia DeBonis (Sonia) has a great delivery of many of Durang's best lines." — South Shore Critic WINNER OF THE 2013 TONY AWARD FOR BEST PLAY
"HUGELY ENTERTAINING!" — USA Today
"BRAINY AND WITTY AND CLEVER! A hilarious mashup with endlessly inventive comic twists." — Variety
"DELIRIOUSLY FUNNY!" — The New York Times
"A SUBLIME STATE OF HILARITY!" — New York Magazine
"A witty play with a huge pop culture appetite." — The Huffington Post
"BRAVO!!!! Laughed all night… Excellent energy, fabulous characters… I highly recommend this play!! A must see! — Carol Allard Vancil on Facebook
"So… my husband, 18 year old son and I saw VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE last night. We also saw it on Broadway with David Hyde Pierce and Sigourney Weaver. Your production was so much better. We thoroughly enjoyed it. Hear that, Boston? Better than Broadway! How lucky are we?"— Helene Mayer on Facebook
Candy Buckley has Broadway credits that include Cabaret, Scandalous, Thoroughly Modern Millie, After the Fall, and Ring Round the Moon. Her select Off Broadway credits include Shockheaded Peter, Defying Gravity, The Petrified Prince (Drama Desk Award nomination), Bernarda Alba, Valhalla, Communicating Doors, Wise Guys, and A View of the Dome.
Marcia DeBonis has appeared in New York at Ars Nova, Playwrights Horizons, New York Shakespeare Festival, Lincoln Center Theater Lab, and numerous productions with the Drama Desk Award-winning theatre company The Barrow Group, of which she is a founding member.
Tyler Lansing Weaks made his Broadway debut in Macbeth directed by Jack O’Brien. Some of his other New York performances include Take Ten (Theatre Row), Over the Horizon (MCC Theater), and Nature’s Trace (Planet Connections Theatre Festivity).
Allison Layman has regional credits that include Nina in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Diana in All’s Well That Ends Well (dir. Barry Edelstein), the Parlor Maid in Pygmalion (dir. Nicholas Martin) and Hero in Much Ado About Nothing (The Old Globe), Petra in An Enemy of the People (Playhouse on Park), Miss Squeamish in The Country Wife (Odyssey Productions), and a wide range of roles in productions at the Monomoy Theatre.
Martin Moran has performed on Broadway in Spamalot, Cabaret, Titanic, Bells Are Ringing, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and Big River. He has appeared Off Broadway in his one-man play, All the Rage (Lucille Lortel Award, Outer Critics Circle Award nomination), The Cradle Will Rock (New York City Center Encores!), Brecht’s A Man’s a Man (Classic Stage Company), Fun Home (The Public Theater/NYSF), Floyd Collins (Playwrights Horizons), A Man of No Importance (Lincoln Center Theater), and The Cider House Rules and 3 Kinds of Exile (Atlantic Theater Company).
Haneefah Wood has appeared on Broadway in Rent, Avenue Q, and Brooklyn.
Christopher Durang is the author of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Tony Award for Best Play), The Idiots Karamazov, co-authored with Albert Innaurato, A History of the American Film (Tony Award nomination), Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for You (Obie Award), Beyond Therapy (Broadway and Off Broadway), Baby with the Bathwater, The Marriage of Bette and Boo (Obie Awards for Playwriting, Direction, and Ensemble Performance...
Jessica Stone has worked as an actress on Broadway and Off Broadway, and in television and film, for the last 20 years. She performed in the Huntington’s productions of She Loves Me, Betty’s Summer Vacation, and Springtime for Henry.
Nicholas Martin (1938-2014) served as former Artistic Director of the Huntington from 2000 through 2008, where he directed Bus Stop, The Corn is Green, She Loves Me, Present Laughte with Victor Garbar, Sonia Flew, Butley with Nathan Lane, Hedda Gabler with Kate Burton, and Dead End, among many others. His Broadway credits include Christopher Durang’s smash hit Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Present Laughter...
David Korins has Huntington credits that include The Sisters Rosensweig, Persephone, and Falsettos. Mr. Korins has designed the Broadway productions of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Motown: The Musical, Annie, Bring It On The Musical, Chinglish, An Evening with Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin, Magic/Bird, Godspell, The Pee-wee Herman Show, Lombardi, Passing Strange, and Bridge & Tunnel.
Gabriel Berry designs costumes for theatre, dance, and opera. Specializing in the creation of new work, she has designed premieres of the works of artists including John Adams, David Adjmi, Samuel Beckett, Charles Ludlam, Caryl Churchill, Christopher Durang, Ethyl Eichelberger, Richard Foreman,...
David Weiner designed the Huntington productions of Becky Shaw, Butley and Springtime for Henry. His Broadway credits include Romeo and Juliet, Dead Accounts, Grace, Godspell, The Normal Heart, Reasons to Be Pretty, Butley, and Dinner at Eight (Lincoln Center Theater), Betrayal (Roundabout Theatre Company), and The Real Thing. Off Broadway Mr. Weiner’s work has been seen at MCC Theater, Manhattan Theatre Club, Second Stage Theatre, Playwrights Horizons, The Public Theater/NYSF, New York Theatre Workshop, Theatre for a New Audience, Vineyard Theatre, and Atlantic Theater Company.
Mark Bennett has designed Broadway scores for Macbeth, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Dead Accounts, Driving Miss Daisy, A Steady Rain, The Coast of Utopia (2007 Drama Desk Award for outstanding music in a play), Henry IV, Golda’s Balcony, and The Goat or, Who Is Sylvia?, among others. Mr.Bennett’s Off Broadway credits include The City of Conversation, The New Century, Chaucer in Rome, and The Time of the Cuckoo (Lincoln Center Theater), An Iliad (Obie Award), Valhalla, Mad Forest, and My Children! My Africa! (New York Theatre Workshop).
Bryan Hunt was the assistant director for the world premiere of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike at McCarter Theatre Center, Lincoln Center Theater, and on Broadway, as well as the associate director at the Mark Taper Forum and The Old Globe.
Alaine Alldaffer is also the casting director for Playwrights Horizons, where her credits include Grey Gardens (also for Broadway), Clybourne Park (also for Broadway), and Circle Mirror Transformation (Drama Desk and Obie Awards for Best Ensemble and an Artios Award for casting).
Caparelliotis Casting has Broadway casting credits that include the upcoming Fish in the Dark, as well as It’s Only a Play, Disgraced, Holler If Ya Hear Me, Casa Valentina, The Snow Geese, Lyle Kessler’s Orphans, The Trip to Bountiful, Grace, Dead Accounts, The Other Place, Seminar, The Columnist, Stick Fly, Good People, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, The House of Blue Leaves, Fences, Lend Me a Tenor, and The Royal Family.
Emily F. McMullen previously worked on Awake and Sing!, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, Smart People, The Seagull, Venus in Fur, and The Cocktail Hour at the Huntington. Prior, she worked with Merrimack Repertory Theatre in Lowell where she spent more than nine seasons as their production stage manager and worked on more than 70 productions.
Kevin Schlagle returns to the Huntington after previously working on Smart People, Venus in Fur, Our Town, God of Carnage, Ruined, and Prelude to a Kiss. Other local credits include Marie Antoinette, Prometheus Bound, and Alice vs. Wonderland with American Repertory Theater as well as more than two years with their production of The Donkey Show.
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