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 a well written updated version of Uncle Vanya set in present time America. The cast interacts with audience in a fun way.
Don't see it if if you hate it when actors in an improv sense asks the audience questions and expect answers. This updated version takes lots of liberties.
See it if You like adaptations/updates of classics. This Vanya is touching, thought-provoking, and entertaining. Audience interaction is fun.
Don't see it if You are a purist. This is a loose version of Vanya. Runs a little long, perhaps. But I would give it a try anyway.
See it if You appreciate great writing and acting in an intimate setting. Clever exploration of relationship dynamics
Don't see it if You want a short and literal rendition of Uncle Vanya
See it if breaks the 4th wall in an easygoing way, my friend loved the humor - I thought it was funny also, exploration of human need - sad with hope
Don't see it if you dislike plays with small vignettes that contribute to an overall point, but not necessarily traditional plot development
See it if If you wonder why Chekhov's plays are called "comedies" see this. It puts the comedy back in the human comedy .
Don't see it if You don't like actors addressing the audience and characters constantly talking about their problems.
See it if you want a clever play about depression, dissatisfactions and a struggle to overcome yourself on the way to happiness. Witty dialogues.
Don't see it if drags a bit at times, but overall very enjoyable and worthwhile.
See it if you love seeing classic plays reinvented in contemporary settings, love the 4th wall broken, and humor in unlikely places.
Don't see it if you don't want to contemplate the meaning of life in a matinee with a group of indulgent privileged characters.
See it if you liked Posner's reimagining of the Seagull (Stupid F**ing Bird); this takedown/sendup feels more personal though Chekhov is omnipresent.
Don't see it if you don't know Uncle Vanya; this can feel like a rehearsal exercise & it's not clear what an audience unfamiliar w Chekhov would make of it.
See it if You like humorous plays in a small intimate theater with great acting.
Don't see it if You don’t like it when actors break the 4th wall, or want serious drama.
See it if You’re an fan of these actors and/or playwright. For most Chekhov fans I’d say. I think it works better if you know Vanya. Loved the set.
Don't see it if If you’re not game for bad language, sex jokes, and/or a gun onstage. Also, if you prefer your classics not “made accessible” by an update.
See it if you want to be the fourth wall & pulled into each character's introspection and take on life.
Don't see it if you don't like semi audience participation. Characters talk to you, not necessarily always asking for response.
Also This was a looong show. I got bored at times.
See it if You want to see something unique and entertaining - especially if you enjoy the modern [tongue-in-cheek] interpretation of classics
Don't see it if You want to see the original Uncle Vanya. Expect something to be 'spoon-fed' to you - this takes attention and thought [yay!]
See it if you like quirky theater that defies expectations. Many strange moments: modernized "Vanya" with breaking of 4th wall, audience participation
Don't see it if you dislike shows that are far less clever than they think they are. The sum here is NOT larger than the whole, but some small great moments
See it if you're an Austin Pendleton fan [& who isn't?]; you enjoy plays that experiment with a Russian classic; laughter comes easily to you
Don't see it if breaking of the 4th wall doesn't amuse you; you love Chekhov & vodka straight up; you prefer the original's dramatic tension [missing here]
See it if You’d enjoy seeing a fractured version of Uncle Vanya.
Don't see it if Why listen to good actors in a poorly-conceived version of a famous Chekhov play take two hours to get across one important idea? That if
See it if Totally absorbing with complex fleshed out sympathetic characters wittily portrayed. Austin Pendleton at his delightful best.
Don't see it if You don’t like non traditional plays that breakdown the fourth wall and you cannot sit for more than 2 hours.
See it if A witty riff on Chekhov expertly performed by. Feels contemporary and doesn't matter how well you know Uncle Vanya. Clever, universalthemes
Don't see it if Some repetitive speeches so might be a challenge to those with short attention spans.
See it if you like a updated version of Uncle Vanya where actors talk much of the story rather than act it out. Some great ruminations and funny bits.
Don't see it if you want Uncle Vanya or a meaningful take on it that evokes an emotional connection. Very talky and not so much character development.
See it if You like farcical takes on classical theater with hilarious lines mixed with interesting existential monologues and dialogues. A great cast.
Don't see it if You mind meta-theaterical dialogues and lots of 4 wall breaking and encouraging of audience participation. Want a classical take on Chekhov.
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