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

76
Edgy, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

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.

95
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

60
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.

76
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.

95
Vanya "sort of", Chekhov's original not as much fun, Life for the picking

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.

Also Actors often speak to the audience. but from within their characters. ... Read more Read less

80
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.

80
A bit too long, Ambitious, Great acting, Entertaining

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

89
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.

86
Must see, Entertaining, Clever

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.

90
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.

70
Disappointing, Overrated, Banal, Confusing

See it if Live in neighborhood, want to support small theatre; in Drama school or just worship anything with "Chekhov" name

Don't see it if Last performance was today.

Also Surprise, surprise, show moved to Theatre Row Off Broadway in May, mor... Read more Read less

81
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

65
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.

65
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.

68
Quirky, Overrated, Fluffy, Disappointing, Funny

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.

97
Great writing, Exquisite, Run and go!, Supremely cast with fantastic, appealing, true actors!, My favorite play in years!

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.

83
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.)

86
Smart, Quirky, Great acting, Funny

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

70
Thought-provoking, Great acting

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.

80
Absorbing, Entertaining, Relevant, Well acted, Thought-provoking

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".

Also This show is understandably a New York Times Critics' Pick with a very... Read more Read less

25
Disappointing, Overrated, Slow, Indulgent, Excruciating

See it if You'll like it more than I did it.

Don't see it if You're anything like me.

50
Uninspired, Slow, Great acting, Excruciating, Banal

See it if you really love modern adaptations of classics.

Don't see it if you are expecting something truly fresh and inspired.

81
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.

20
Slow, Overrated, Excruciating, Disappointing

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

91
Quirky, Clever, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

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


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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