Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

2hr. 30min. (1 intermission)


Christopher Durang and friends shine!!!

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike is a hilarious play from start to finish. It has an undercurrent Anton Checkov aura about it but you don't have to be a student of classical Russian theater to appreciate the references to plays as The Cherry Orchard or The Seagull (eg: "I am a wild turkey") Brilliantly written by the talented (and fellow Delbarton School alumnus) Christopher Durang, the play shows a couple of days in the lives of a rather drab underachieving brother and sister (David Hyde Pierce and Kristine Nielsen) and their successful and oh so self important sister played by Sigourney Weaver. Nielsen and Hyde Pierce steal the show particularly when Ms Nielsen attempts to give her best Maggie Smith imitation and when Hyde Pierce goes off on a tirade on how much better things were in the past as opposed to the present techno age. Both brilliant! Ms Weaver's interpretation of Masha the Hollywood star however was good but not stellar. The supporting cast was also of very high caliber. I know this play has had somewhat mixed audience reviews but for me, I laughed all the way through this intelligent rather black comedy and would highly recommend it to everyone.