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 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.
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
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
See it if If you like talky, pretentious, tiring tirades by wonderful actors. If you like Chekov and a pretentious take on Uncle Vanya.
Don't see it if If you dislike talky, pretentious, tiring tirades by wonderful actors. Seemingly endless.
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 -
See it if you've read the positive reviews and think you might like it too... or you are curious about any makeover/spin-off of great classics..
Don't see it if you love Chekhov, or care about great storytelling, or great acting, or innovative theater that actually works...