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.
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
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 Not your tradition Uncle Vanya. Enjoyed the multiple translations yet overall coherent show. Refreshing.
Don't see it if Like a traditional translation then this is not for you. Multiple people playing the same character could be confusing to some.
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 love language, and appreciate the delicate work of translation.
Don't see it if you're not good with multiple stimuli - stuff's happening all around you pretty much all the time!