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Life Sucks.

From 321 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 (321)


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

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, 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

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, 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

Great acting, Disappointing, Banal

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.

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 -

Shallow, Cliched, Disappointing

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...

Also the writing has serious issues but could have been served much better ... Read more Read less

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

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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June 16th, 2019
"What’s magnetic about Posner’s updates is their highly dramatic flair. He has great personal fun compounding his Rubik’s Cubes with metatheatrical bits that might have had the good doctor Chekhov stuck for a critical diagnosis...Obviously smart as a whip with his innovations, Posner sticks nonet...
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June 18th, 2019
"We can't help thinking Chekhov would be delighted with Aaron Posner's 'Life Sucks'...Posner's characters use profanity onstage that would no doubt have shocked Chekhov and his audiences. Their concerns reflect modern times...What's more, the actors are continually and delightfully breaking the f...
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