The Hunter Theater Project presents its inaugural production, a staging of a new translation of Anton Chekhov’s classic drama, directed by Richard Nelson. More…
Vanya and his niece Sonya struggle to care for the estate owned by Vanya’s brother-in-law, a wealthy and celebrated professor. When this local legend returns with a beautiful new wife and announces his plans to sell the estate, hidden passions explode and the lives of the entire family come undone.
See it if you want a smart, approachable, naturalistic staging of Chekhov that feels more like eavesdropping on a family than watching a classic drama
Don't see it if u don't like Nelson's quiet, low key, conversational productions à la Gabriels & Apple Family plays; u prefer your Russian drama traditional
See it if Very intimate production of Uncle Vanya. I had not seen Uncle Vanya before, but found this accessible and intense.
Don't see it if You want to see a dynamic, action filled play. I found it hard to stay awake in the middle, despite the excellent acting.
See it if you love intelligent, brilliant & subtle acting, writing & direction. The quiet ending is devastating; Woods as Sonja is superb.
Don't see it if you are looking for action or a complicated approach to Chekov; you do not enjoy personal theater in an intimate setting;
See it if you want to see the aways dependable Jay O. Sanders give the performance of his career in Richard Nelson's exquisite production.
Don't see it if you don't like intimate theatre or people speaking in normal tones.
See it if classic Chekhov play interpreted by Richard Nelson; similar in staging to his Gabriel plays - quietly spoken around a kitchen table; low key
Don't see it if you need to hear every bit of dialogue or if you don't like plays that are dialogue heavy with little action; did not like the Gabriel plays
See it if Like the play and missed the recent Richard Nelson Apple/Gabriel plays. Love to be right on top of the action.
Don't see it if Took a while to get into some of the actor's styles. Uneven between comedy and the dramatic outbursts.
See it if You have seen other productions of Vanya but felt emotionally disconnected from the material.
Don't see it if You dislike theatre in the round. You dislike the source material to the point where you feel you wouldn't enjoy any production of it.
See it if you like theatre in the round, you want a nicely staged, generally well-acted version of a classic. It is satisfactory, if not excellent.
Don't see it if you have hearing difficulties. The folks next to me were really struggling, it seemed, Also, if you like scenery & don't like intimate shows
See it if you enjoy the wonderful ensemble and convincing realism and intimacy of Richard Nelson's productions, making a classic play more accessible.
Don't see it if you didn't like Richard Nelson's productions at the Public. This is an identical approach - all taking place in the kitchen & very low key.
See it if you enjoy great acting close up, theater in the round, new stagings of classic plays. Thoroughly enjoyable, well-paced, powerful.
Don't see it if .. I hesitate to say the usual "if you only love B'way musicals" type thing, so really, just go see this, it's lovely
See it if casual, conversational Chekhov entices you. Some may feel many moments are underplayed. Here there’s 1 emotional climax, & it’s devastating.
Don't see it if theater in the round frustrates you. That big climax was done with its back to me but Sanders is so good, I felt it anyway.
See it if you like Vanya or Russian theater and appreciate great acting.
Don't see it if you are looking to be entertained.
Also Richard Nelson works his everyday magic. Immensely rewarding.
See it if you want to see relatively brisk production of a Chekhov play.
Don't see it if you are not enamored of the type of play (Chekhovian) that unfolds like a slow-burn of several interior dramas.
See it if You relish a production of the play that makes sense and is enlightening. You appreciate excellent acting.
Don't see it if You don't like Chekhov and you can't sit still for nearly two hours. You prefer a broader style of performance.
See it if EVEN if you've never been able to get into Checkov. This production makes him completely accessible & engrossing.
Don't see it if you don't like plays w/heavy dialogue, unhappiness, or on the human condition These people lead lives of quiet desperation. It's a lesson.
See it if You want to see a definitive version of the play.
Don't see it if You are put off by Richard Nelson's directorial shtick.
See it if New translation with predictable Richard Nelson direction, an untraditional interpretation of Chekhov. A total misfire despite rave reviews
Don't see it if Reshapes Chekhov into a Nelson play. Uneven performances, some quite poor, falls short conveying the essence of a great drama.
See it if Unusually intimate Chekhov. Adaptation simplified the play. Mostly terrific cast. In the round. Conversational.
Don't see it if Long slow passages. Dry hopeless Chekhov - much of the eccentricity drained off. A little spark from "Elena" wouldn't have hurt.
See it if Uncle Vanya was an up close intimate, raw, natural, realistic theater-in-round performance. Excellent acting especially by Jay O. Sanders.
Don't see it if you don't like Chekhov or understated acting.
See it if You want to experience this masterwork in the most intimate surroundings imaginable.
Don't see it if You cannot LISTEN or have little patience for exploration of the monumental trivialities of daily life.
See it if you need an urgent Chekhov fix. You like your theater by the book and with few surprises.
Don't see it if The program notes make a point of how Chekhov believed in showing ordinary life rather than dramatic moments. The staging follows the advice