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Uncle Vanya (Hunter Theater Project)

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Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Great writing, Intelligent, Masterful

About the show

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. 

Member Reviews (139)


Great acting, Absorbing, Great writing, Intelligent, Masterful

Missing a character! why was waffles cut from this production?!

See it if you want an intimate experience of Chekhov with mixed acting -- but an excellent Vanya.

Don't see it if you aren't okay about the inexplicable removal of one of the characters. As a Chekhov fanatic, I see Uncle Vanya as a near-perfect play.

Also The removal of Waffles was a fatal flaw. Shifting some of his lines to... Read more Read less

Overrated, Disappointing, Great staging, Excruciating, Confusing

See it if You want to see an intimate staging between actors and audience and a smart set design.

Don't see it if You're looking for emotional truth between the characters. There were 1 or 2 truthful moments, but in general there were no relationships.

During previews
Disappointing, Excruciating, Slow, Deadly, Bloodless

See it if you like your Chekhov bloodless, lifeless, neutered. All this intellectualism and naturalism effectively kills the show. No truth here.

Don't see it if you want to see a play alive with passion and thrills. This attempt is too reverent by far & full of bad acting & lifeless direction.

During previews
Slow, Lifeless, Disappointing, Ambitious, Overrated

See it if like me, you feel you should see a classic play like "Uncle Vanya". Great theater space and staging.

Don't see it if You want inspired acting and a flowing translation. Yes, Chekhov is depressing, but the actors were too - or just bored like I was.

September 16th, 2018
"It’s clearer, truer, and more comprehensible than it’s ever been before...I’m still shivery, teary-eyed, and stunned from seeing Richard Nelson’s devastatingly intimate production...This is as naked and fully human an 'Uncle Vanya' as we’re likely to see. Nelson’s impeccably balanced ensemble do...
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September 16th, 2018
"We’ve never seen a Vanya like this—huge, ox-necked, shuddering like a dray horse from from burdens he’s pulled too long. Sanders's acting contains a level of detail that simply shouldn’t be visible without a camera to magnify it...The only people onstage who come close to this titanic performanc...
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September 16th, 2018
"It’s a pity that Nelson, Pevear, and Volokhonsky’s new version of ‘Uncle Vanya’...often seems to stick in the mouths of its actors. The cast is, for the most part, superb, and in the moments they’re not shown to best advantage, their inherent abilities are still well visible below the text...It’...
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October 8th, 2018
"The results are successful in every way...I can wholeheartedly recommend this production to Chekhov novices and connoisseurs...Such terrible tales are best told in an understated way, and Nelson’s actors hardly ever raise their voices, whether figuratively or literally. Instead, they let you lis...
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