It’s Chekhov without the birch trees. After taking aim at "The Seagull" with "Stupid F*cking Bird," Aaron Posner is back with an irreverent contemporary remix of "Uncle Vanya." Egos clash, hearts hunger, and souls cry out for meaning. Life staggers. Life confounds. Life is beautiful.
See it if you want to see another Aaron Posner redo of Chekhov and if you have a high tolerance for hearing the F word.
Don't see it if you don't like players to address the audience and ask them questions or if you feel that Chekhov is not to be messed with.
See it if It is initially quite clever, breaking the fourth wall and inviting us in. But ultimately it becomes a smirk rather than a wink.
Don't see it if You want any character development or sense of resolution. It just sort of peters out.
See it if you are interested in a contemporary adaptation that never captures the humor or the depth of character expression of Chekov.
Don't see it if you expect laughs or sobbing, character development, or believable relationships.
See it if You like to see great actors in an existential yawn of a play. The actors shine.. the material not so much
Don't see it if You have no patience for pretentious existential plays.
See it if You are interested in a quirky adaptation of Uncle Vanya. Acting was very good. Some funny lines.
Don't see it if You prefer a serious version of a classic play. the play was mildly entertaining but the story felt empty, slow at times & boring.
See it if you don't want to miss the enjoyable spot-on & lived-in performances of a top-knotch company of actors-except for the actor in one key role.
Don't see it if you are expecting to be moved at all. It does approach poignancy at times, especially in the scenes helmed by actress Kimberly Chatterjee.
See it if If you enjoy ‘reality’ styled theater. Characters talk to the audience adding humor and intimate moments throughout. Nice direction.
Don't see it if This is a non-traditional show. This show tries too hard to be different. A little boring at times.
See it if You like drama modernization make overs with a humorous twist.
Don't see it if You don’t like dull dramas with long dramatic pauses, frequent F Bombs & actors asking the audience questions.
See it if You are a Chekov fan, or if you enjoy theatre that has sort of a semi-intellectual college vibe to it. Some solid performances in there.
Don't see it if If you want a show that moves. This one is a bit slow for my taste, and had indulgent direct address to the audience.
See it if you're the type to laugh too loud at the most obvious, cliches quips and comments and breaking the fourth wall with direct address.
Don't see it if for pronounced stagey acting where no one really talks to each other, just hitting their cues, and unengaging dialogue and plotting.
See it if You like Chekov, Uncle Vanya or a lot of discussion and cast talking to the audience a bit. However, excellent acting by some cast members.
Don't see it if You're tired, find many characters who are not that interesting on stage a lot, or if you like grab your attention plays. This isn't it.
See it if Play based on Chekhov play. Good cast who work hard to honor the play.
Don't see it if You don't like actors breaking the fourth wall directly communicating with audience. Play became tedious at times.
See it if You like updated versions of classics, you’re okay seeing great actors shining intermittently in so-so material.
Don't see it if You have a low tolerance for pretentiousness and pseudo profundity. The play forgets to tell an engaging story.
See it if Chekhov modernized, with added jokes and audience interaction, appeals to you.
Don't see it if You are expecting great theater. There are plenty of good ideas, but they don’t create a successful, fully realized piece.
See it if you're a Chekhov lover! There are great moments (which might've been better served with different direction).
Don't see it if End of play could use some editing. Wish the adaptation had been freer. Less successful than Seafull adaptation but admire the effort!