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Life Sucks.

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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
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Great writing, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if You like remake of classics modernly and with humor

Don't see it if You don’t like adjustments in plays or like musicals

Unexpected, Funny, Weird

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

Long, Quirky, Entertaining

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.

Intelligent, Hilarious, Great acting, Clever

See it if You like Chekov, or just plays with well-defined (but mostly unpleasant) characters. It's very funny and very well done.

Don't see it if There's a gunshot at some point, so avoid if that's a concern.

Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if What fun this play is. Lot of laughs especially the audience participation. Excellent acting and the two and a half hours just flew by

Don't see it if Can't really think of a reason not to see this

Funny, Great acting, Refreshing, Resonant, Clever

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.

Oh the irony!, Disappointing, Slow, Indulgent

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

Also you take responsibility for your own actions life will not suck. This,... Read more Read less

Quirky, Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy plays about human relations. This play is both serious and funny at times.

Don't see it if you do not enjoy plays that have an abundance of cursing.

Great acting, Intelligent, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you want a modern take on a classic play that examines "the meaning of life".

Don't see it if you want something straightforward; there are a lot of hidden messages.

Clever, Great acting, Funny

See it if You want to see a funny “Uncle Vanya” - who knew?

Don't see it if You don’t want to see Chekhov’s play get a comedy treatment.


See it if into re-living what was fresh 20 years ago

Don't see it if you can watch Vanya on 42nd Street instead

Also This was off from the first moment - what was supposed to be a casual-... Read more Read less

Wonderful!, Great acting, Great writing, Great staging

See it if you have ever seen an Aaron Posner play, you know he is an incredible writer. If you have never seen Aaron Posner, you are in for a treat!

Don't see it if You are offended by adaptations of Chekhov. But seriously, even the master would admire Posner's work. The actors were superb.

Also This play was seriously one of the best I have seen (I see about 60/ye... Read more Read less

Great writing, Wonderful acting, Enormously entertaining, Quirky, Deliciously funny

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.

Also There is some interaction with the audience but it is done is a very r... Read more Read less

Quirky, Funny, Clever, Ambitious, Thought-provoking

See it if You are already familiar with, or take the time to acquaint yourself with "Uncle Vanya" first, in order to fully enjoy this transformation.

Don't see it if You'd never find anything funny about tampering with a classic, don't like audience interaction, & one that always sees a cup as half empty!

Clever, Indulgent, Quirky, Intelligent

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.

Creative, Ambitious, Confusing, Relevant, Great acting

See it if You want to indulge yourself a little. But thinking about life sucks only because wanting the things you can't have is a little too selfish.

Don't see it if Your life is perfect. You won't relate to the story at all. Or you may be annoyed by certain projected negativities

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

Poor neo-chekov, Quirky, Overrated, Disappointing

See it if you are interested in a contemporary adaptation that never captures the humor or the depth of character expression of Chekov.

Don't see it if you expect laughs or sobbing, character development, or believable relationships.

Great writing, Great acting, Delightful, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy clever language and shows about love and its complications. Very good acting.

Don't see it if You like silly fluff.

Strong cast in existential (yawn) play.

See it if You like to see great actors in an existential yawn of a play. The actors shine.. the material not so much

Don't see it if You have no patience for pretentious existential plays.

Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if The ridiculousness of life relationship & desires we all share poke fun at & complain. Great acting with Outstanding Austin Pendleton .

Don't see it if You do not like contemporary plays.

Overrated, Banal

See it if You don't mind constantly hearing the F word.

Don't see it if You don't want to see a 2 hr straight talking show.

Quirky, Intelligent, Entertaining, Great writing, Funny

See it if you like dark humor with well-drawn characters and sharp dialogue.

Don't see it if you can't tolerate any breaking of the 4th wall. Even if you normally can't, you might still like this.(Usually not my cuppa but it worked.)

Entertaining, Funny

See it if If you are looking for a funny show with very good actors.

Don't see it if You want to see a serious drama.

Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Funny, Clever

See it if you want to see "Uncle Vanya" but interpreted in a much more enjoyable version. Funny but still thought-provoking as Chekhov would want.

Don't see it if you don't like plays that break the 4th wall. Or if you love Chekhov and don't want his plays messed with.

Also I saw a classical presentation of "Uncle Vanya" and I did not care for... 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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