Ends Sep 01 | 2h 0m | Midtown W

Life Sucks.

From 285 member reviews
Members say: Clever, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Great writing

About the show

Wheelhouse Theater Company presents the New York premiere of Aaron Posner’s reimagining of Chekhov’s timeless classic, "Uncle Vanya."

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. 

Member Reviews (285)


Clever, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Great writing

Poor, lazy writing, Disappointing

See it if you want to be a "writer" of the play. In the performance that I saw a 7 year old girl delivered the best line.

Don't see it if you want good writing

Also This is the play I would probably write, if I wrote plays. That is why... Read more Read less

Indulgent, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Cliched, Disappointing

See it if You enjoy pieces that rely on the shock value of breaking the 4th wall and deconstructing over works.

Don't see it if You dislike caricature. Despite the modernization of the language, it feels more wooden than ever.

Also “The role of the artist is to ask questions, not answer them.” ― Anton... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Overrated, Slow, Indulgent, Excruciating

See it if You'll like it more than I did it.

Don't see it if You're anything like me.

Slow, Overrated, Excruciating, Disappointing

See it if you don't mind an updated version of Uncle Vanya with trendy references which is a poor imitation of the original

Don't see it if you are a Chekhov purist; like good acting where something is at stake

Banal, Insipid, Disappointing

See it if any version of a Chekhov play intrigues you.

Don't see it if you are expecting a coherent updating of Uncle Vanya.

Also We went because we loved the same playwright's Stupid F***cking Bird a... Read more Read less

Slow, Overrated, Indulgent, Disappointing, Clever

See it if like modern adaptations of classic plays.

Don't see it if if you are not familiar with Uncle Vanya, or don't like actors breaking the forth wall.

Also Parts of this were clever and amusing yet those parts were spread out ... Read more Read less

Indulgent, Fluffy, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy modern adaptations of classics

Don't see it if this play is trying so hard to be inventive and clever but it fails. I've seen some of these actors before and they're great, just not here

Bad direction, Great writing, Over acting, Bad acting, Disappointing

See it if want a lesson shallow acting and directorial choices that don't honor the story-telling.

Don't see it if love Chekhov.

Slow, Overrated, Intense, Disappointing, Dated

See it if This is hard. Although critics gave it a pretty good score, everyone I heard in the audience thought otherwise and many walked out.

Don't see it if You hate yelling - just acceptable character interpretations and much more talk than action, which I generally like -

During previews
Indulgent, Great acting, Cliched, Dated

See it if You don't know or like Checkov very well and you want to see great actors curse and shout at each other.

Don't see it if You know Uncle Vanya and like Checkov.

Also Replaces much of the honesty and humor of Checkov with screeds it seem... Read more Read less

April 1st, 2019
"Bitingly funny, unexpectedly touching play...The characters and basic plot will be familiar to 'Uncle Vanya' fiends. But at the same time, 'Life Sucks,' will be familiar to just about anybody...Briskly directed by Jeff Wise for the Wheelhouse company, the production keeps finding perceptive ways...
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April 7th, 2019
"Posner may have borrowed Chekhov’s kaleidoscopic love pentangle, but he’s updated events to the present day and salted the evening with postmodern hijinks, which include frequent check-ins with the audience and a theaterwide show-of-hands about regret...It helps that one could mount a superb 'Va...
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June 23rd, 2019
"Aaron Posner's LIFE SUCKS. Urges Chekhov and His Characters To Get To The Point"
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July 11th, 2019
"Posner acts rather like a tailor, undoing the original script's seams and opening it out, providing room for a form of hilarity grounded in existential sorrow…Jeff Wise skillfully guides his cast through one mortifying situation after another…For all that Posner builds his work on another artist...
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