"Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike" is the latest play by the American playwright Christopher Durang, winning among so many other honors, the Tony Award and a Drama Desk Award in 2013 for Best Play.
Sonia and Vanya have frittered their lives away in the family farmhouse, spending their mornings wondering why things didn’t go the way they were supposed to. Enter their sister, fading movie star Masha, who plans to sell the family home and put Sonia and Vanya out to pasture. Toss in Masha’s brand-new 20-something boy-toy Spike, a sassy maid Cassandra who can predict the future, and a lovely young aspiring actress named Nina whose prettiness somewhat worries the imperious Masha, and the stage is set for one hilarious weekend in the country.
Durang mirrors his characters on those in the plays of Chekhov. Rather than reflecting the futility, humility and humor of Russian life, “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” pointedly reflect the turmoil, tribulation and tragi-comedy of American life. Durang simply transports the inhabitants of Russian country life to the farmland of Bucks County and adds a century.
Just a sampling of reviews….
"Broad comic acting is raised to the level of high art... deliriously funny... a heedless good time." NY Times.
"riotous... the show's a ton of fun even if you can't tell your Seagull from your Uncle Vanya. This is the kind of full-on comedy that's sadly rare on Broadway." NY Post.
"Hugely entertaining... few contemporary playwrights have proven as deft as Durang at mining both the absurdity and the dangers of human folly in its own deliciously madcap way, the new work offers some keen insights into the challenges and agonies of twenty-first-century life." USA Today.
"Everyone has a monologue that is nothing short of hilarious. (You'll find yourself using that word a lot.) You've only spent a weekend with these people, but you might want to spend the rest of your life with Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike." - Huffington Post.