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)

MEMBERS SAY:

Clever, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Great writing
81
Avg Score

During previews
85
Great acting, Great writing, Quirky, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you like intimacy; actors talking with the audience about real feelings and weaknesses. Excellent updated adaptation of a classic.

Don't see it if you like lighter fare. This great ensemble talks the truth about life's ups and downs.

During previews
79
Quirky, self-conscious, hipster humor.

See it if You feel like you never really “get” the original Vanya. This version brings the ideas into focus without losing the play’s essence.

Don't see it if You’re not a fan of The Office-type humor.

Also A clever lighting design often punctuated the humor beautifully. That ... Read more Read less

During previews
85
Thought-provoking, Refreshing, Hilarious, Great acting

See it if You want to have a night with laughters and to think why life sucks and why is it ok to suck. Great acting!

Don't see it if You don’t like small theaters

During previews
90
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting, Funny, Clever

See it if If you like some tongue in cheek homage to a great playwright. Great performances, human condition dealt with in humor.

Don't see it if If you see no humor in the human condition.

During previews
85
Entertaining, Absorbing, Great acting

See it if You’re a Chekhov fan. You liked Stupid F-ing Bird and wanna see what Aaron Posner did next. You’re an Austin Pendelton fan.

Don't see it if Chekhov gives you the willies.

During previews
93
Relevant, Entertaining, Enchanting, Clever

See it if You like experimental theater

Don't see it if You don’t want to be challenged

During previews
90
Resonant, Raunchy, Hilarious, Great acting, Clever

See it if you love smart, actor-driven theater. Also if you're a fan of Aaron Posner, particularly his show from a few years ago, STUPID F*CKING BIRD.

Don't see it if You're looking for more run of the mill mainstream fare. This is a great play for play-lovers and avid theatergoers.

Also Really a fun night at the theater that leaves you with a lot to think ... Read more Read less

During previews
95
Delightful, Great writing, Refreshing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if A super fresh and entertaining take on Unvle Vanya. Production overall is very funny but also thought provoking. Great acting/direction

Don't see it if You want a musical or you dislike theater that explodes the 4th wall.

Also I saw Aaron Posner’s “Stupid Fu*king Bird” in 2016 and this production... Read more Read less

During previews
92
Absorbing

See it if A bold and incisive take on Uncle Vanya-funny and well conceived tropes that engage and surprise.Terrific ensemble with the great Austin P!

Don't see it if You don't want a bit of challenge

During previews
92
Thought-provoking, Funny, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You like great acting, fresh takes on classic material, playful interaction! Same company that presented Happy Birthday Wanda June!

Don't see it if Downtown theater, new works, Chekhov, “adaptations” of classical plays or direct address.


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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