The Tony Award-winning Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike presents absurd comedy at the Philadelphia Theatre Company at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre from March 21 through April 20.
Written by acclaimed playwright Christopher Durang, the show riffs on works of Anton Chekov, taking well-known scenes and characters from the work of the famous 19th century Russian author and putting them into entirely different circumstances. For instance, while the names of certain characters, such as Vanya and Sonia, are the same as in Chekov’s works, the characters in this story are Americans who live in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
Meanwhile, Masha is world-weary fading movie star who made her name playing a sexy serial killer.
Those familiar with Chekov’s canon may detect similarities to his sensibilities in this family drama featuring unhappy siblings who share feelings of loss and longing. But even with the dark undertone, this play is laugh-out-loud funny.
Take note, you do not need to have any knowledge of Chekov to appreciate the antics or the acerbic commentary on topics such as global warming and the decline of contemporary culture.
Tickets prices vary from $25 to $59 depending on the date of the performance. Tickets are available online.
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
When: March 21-April 20
Where: Suzanne Roberts Theatre, 280 S. Broad Street
More info: www.philadelphiatheatrecompany.org