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 a smart insightful interpretation of a classic....it's funny, heartbreaking and accessible..,great ensemble...
Don't see it if If you a purist ABOUT the classics.
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.
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.
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.
See it if you like classics reconstructed by modern playwrights. Wheelhouse Theater's rendition of Aaron Posner's "sort of" Vanya is laugh-riot fun.
Don't see it if you don't like long shows, although the 2 hrs & 20 minutes (w/ 10 minute intermission) fly by. Also avoid if you dislike introspection.
See it if You know Chekov’s Uncle Vanya well - this is a witty adaptation, with side roles/plots added to make it more relatable; Pendleton is magical
Don't see it if There’s one weak link in today’s ensemble; 2hr20min may be too long for some; Chekov purists may hate this interpretation; tempo a bit slow
See it if you like exciting, absorbing, entertaining theater. Very clever production with an excellent ensemble cast.
Don't see it if you don't challenging creative theater.
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.
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
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.
See it if You are interested in a quirky adaptation of Uncle Vanya. Acting was very good. Some funny lines.
Don't see it if You prefer a serious version of a classic play. the play was mildly entertaining but the story felt empty, slow at times & boring.
See it if You love real, smart, witty, introspective works! Superb acting in a small setting. No need to know Uncle Vanya. Asks great questions. RUN!
Don't see it if Smart great plays are not for you.
Also The time flew by. I loved every thing about this show.
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.)
See it if you like Chekhov adaptations, finding the humor in his plays and great ensemble acting (everyone was very strong), you want a fun night!
Don't see it if you like traditional Chekhov, hate it when the 4th wall is broken, or get exhausted by constant character complaining
See it if You like modern spin of classic writers. The play is thought provoking and life affirming in a way. Characters are interesting.
Don't see it if You don’t like cast talking to audience in the middle of the show. At times it seems a bit preachy.
See it if you enjoy well-acted plays that provide in-depth character studies in situations that are relevant in any time period - relationships, etc.
Don't see it if you prefer upbeat, happy plays because every character in this play is discontented with life for one reason or another.Hence, "Life Sucks".
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 like fast-paces theater with excellent and committed actors. I wasn’t familiar with the Uncle Vanya plot beforehand
Don't see it if You need a large production or have difficulty keeping up with relationships in a character-driven play
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