REVIEW ROUNDUP: “Uncle Vanya (Hunter Theater Project)” Opened with a ShowScore of 83

Show-Score | Sep 17, 2018
“Uncle Vanya (Hunter Theater Project),” written by Anton Chekhov and directed by Richard Nelson, opened on September 16, 2018 in New York City. “Uncle Vanya (Hunter Theater Project),” written by Anton Chekhov and directed by Richard Nelson, opened on September 16, 2018 in New York City.


14 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 84.

Ben Brantley
The New York Times
ShowScore: 95
"It’s clearer, truer, and more comprehensible than it’s ever been before...I’m still shivery, teary-eyed, and stunned from seeing Richard Nelson’s devastatingly intimate production...This is as naked and fully human an 'Uncle Vanya' as we’re likely to see. Nelson’s impeccably balanced ensemble doesn’t seem to be so much interpreting the script as living it...The performances are so self-effacing, you won’t at first realize how thorough and completely felt they are."
Elyse Sommer
ShowScore: 80
"While an overriding sense of boredom and and failure afflicts all the characters, you won't be bored or happy with this latest of 'Uncle Vanya's' many translations and interpretations...While the translated dialogue is definitely contemporary it's not gratingly so but works well with the conversational line delivery...Nelson once again proves himself to be one of the rare playwright adept at directing his own work."
David Gordon
ShowScore: 85
"Utilizes the distinctly small style that Nelson, as playwright and director, has honed over the past several years. The actors speak in a near whisper and express the unique suffering of these characters in true Chekhovian style, with an elegant balance of vocal and physical anguish...Nelson, Pevar, and Volokhonsky have created a lithe, colloquial cutting of 'Uncle Vanya'...It's the perfect introduction to the text for new audiences, while still capturing the spirit of the original."

“Uncle Vanya (Hunter Theater Project)” was also reviewed by Jennifer Vanasco of WNYC, Melissa Rose Bernardo of New York Stage Review, Michael Sommers of New York Stage Review, Brian Scott Lipton of Theater Pizzazz, and Sara Holdren of New York Magazine / Vulture.


The show was also reviewed by 87 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 83.

Top five adjectives describing the show:
Great acting, Absorbing, Great writing, Intelligent, Masterful

Places Please, ShowScore: 83
See it if…"Casual, conversational Chekhov entices you. Some may feel many moments are underplayed. Here there’s one emotional climax, and it’s devastating." 
Don't see it if…"Theater in the round frustrates you. That big climax was done with its back to me but Sanders is so good, I felt it anyway."
Jeffrey S, ShowScore: 95 
See it if…"You like your Chekhov straight up, without gimmicks but with a first-rate cast doing conscientious work.
Don't see it if…"You don't have the patience for Chekhov. A lot of people don't."
Linda 6145, ShowScore: 90 
See it if…"You want to see Uncle Vanya in an intimate setting, Jay O. Sanders in the title role and liked Richard Nelson's plays about the Apple family!
Don't see it if…" have a hard time sitting through a 2 hr. production w/o an intermission, only like happy endings, and do not like changing classics!"

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Note: The ShowScore displayed above is current as of right now, and may be different from the ShowScore when the article was published.