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 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 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 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 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
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’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 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.
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.
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 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 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!
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 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 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 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 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 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.