New Saloon’s irreverent mashup of English-language translations of "Uncle Vanya" – from the dusty 1916 edition to Google Translate’s whack results – is a kaleidoscopic amplification of Chekhov's depressing comedy. More…
Each character is interpreted by multiple actors and through multiple translations, in an athletic attempt to say one true thing. “I’ve been made a complete fool,” Vanya says, “foolishly betrayed,” Vanya agrees, “stupidly cheated,” Vanya clarifies. Part of the 2019 Under the Radar Festival.
See it if ur familiar w/Uncle Vanya & want to see an abridged version by an innovative acting co. having fun with a mixture of English translations.
Don't see it if u aren't familiar w/the play (otherwise you will be very confused); u expect more variety of translations; u want a traditional Chekhov.
See it if Wildly ambitious yet uniquely poignant medley? mashup? melee? of Uncle Vanya culled from various translations Chekhov meets Jackson Pollack!
Don't see it if Knowledge of source drama a MUST Except for one actor (David Greenspan!) others play all other parts at various times = intelligent chaos
See it if you love "Uncle Vanya" but don't take it so seriously that you can't enjoy a creative fracturing of the text.
Don't see it if the text of "Uncle Vanya" is too precious for you to bear seeing it dismantled & reconstructed.
See it if You are open to a fractured, sprightful take on Vanya. It fills the stage with multiple versions of the characters. Not profound but fun.
Don't see it if You don't like your classics tampered with.
See it if you love Chekhov, you like meta-theatricality or intellectually-fueled performances, or you'd like to see Chekhov but haven't
Don't see it if you want a traditional play, or something that isn't at times sort of hipster millenial in its approach
See it if you enjoy a solid ensemble with actors moving in and out of multiple characters. Lots of fun moments.
Don't see it if the concept didn't feel fully fleshed out...though it was a lot of fun to watch.
See it if You enjoy seeing new ways to present Chekhov - very imaginative
Don't see it if If you are a Chekhov purist - you might not like it