New Saloon presents this kaleidoscopic adaptation of Anton Chekhov's
'Uncle Vanya.' More…
In 'Minor Character: Six Translations of Uncle Vanya at the Same Time,' a cast of 16 performers collage a century's worth of English translations of Chekhov's classic—from the flowery 1916 version to Google Translate's profoundly nonsensical rendition—into one sprawling, intimate, quietly disastrous evening.
“It is endlessly fascinating. The production never becomes confusing, lifting the play up in startling new ways...Morgan Green’s direction is superb, her use of space causes the play to surround you and she has such a handle on the arc of what the company has created, effortlessly shifting the show from epic moments to quiet emotional ones...I was on the edge of my seat throughout. It’s a piece that must have took a huge amount of work to achieve and it has certainly paid off.” Full Review
"New Saloon peppers Chekhov's tragicomedy with postmodern strategies. Not each of its staging gimmicks works, but the production does, turning a play that has been an autumnal meditation on aging into a spring-green forum on youth's discontents. Steered by director Morgan Green, the largely excellent cast performs various translations simultaneously...Yet all this hullabaloo doesn't confuse the core drama...The essentials remain: wisdom, sweetness—and melancholy, too." Full Review
See it if great performances outweigh substance. If all things Vanya interest you. If mocking Russian angst amuses you.
Don't see it if You've had enough Vanya lately or you find Russian angst more tedious than funny or touching
See it if You like experimental theater. This mashup of many translations of Uncle Vanya moves fast. Entertaining.
Don't see it if Was confusing until I realized what was going on. Several actors voicing the same character, switching characters. It’s hard to follow.
See it if almost a symphonic experience; makes u hear dialog in new ways & makes you pay attention 2 MINOR CHARACTERS otherwise overlooked
Don't see it if gimmicky; if u don't know play well, u may get lost; fundamental problem: straight play itself w/o deconstruction is more powerful
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