Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

It is hard to describe this play. A parody of Chekov – yes certainly. And I was glad that I had recently seen Uncle Vanya – it certainly made it easier to remember the original and see the parody. I also was glad that it is not that long since we saw Waiting for Godot. It made Vanya’s rant fall into a context.

Great performances in this production. Fiona Reid was hilarious as Sonia. and who could resist Luke Humphrey as Spike? His reverse strip tease was one of the funniest things I have seen in ages. Jennifer Dale gave great histrionics as Masha and Audrey Dwyer was over the top as Cassandra. Steven Sutcliffe did a great rant as Vanya. Perhaps the most ironic thing about this parody of Chekov, where nothing ever happens and no one ever goes to Moscow is that everyone ends up happy at the end, even if they are going to stay in place.

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About cathyriggall

Theatre junkie, who thinks live theatre is the ultimate form of living on the edge. You never know what will happen when an actor steps on the stage.
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One Response to Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

  1. keithhpotter says:

    Well, it pandered to my anti-Chekov tastes, but I thought it would be funnier. I think I would have enjoyed an all-out parody more. The author clearly really likes Chekov. Go figure.
    The cast was good. Fiona Reid has been moving in the direction of a Maggie Smith parody for some time. Having gone this far, I hope she can come back.

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