Red Barn Theatre is very pleased to present the astonishing 2013 Tony Award winner for Best Play, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. The play has won and been nominated for so many awards, Wikipedia displays them in a chart. The Christopher Durang comedy is so fresh and current, the cast worked from downloaded manuscripts because the scripts were not yet printed. Durang’s plot layers literary references upon literary references, Chekov upon Shakespeare upon Greek tragedy, with devastating deftness. Director Joy Hawkins has matched the wild and witty dialogue with a crystalline cast well up to slamming all the metaphors against the back wall: Marjorie Paul Shook, Gordon Mackey, Rebecca Gleason, Spencer Gates (member of Actors Equity), Myra Negron and Sarah Bella. The hilarious spoof opens on a weekend in Bucks County Pennsylvania when Masha (Marjorie Paul Shook), a movie star and drama queen, returns to visit the family home where her brother Vanya (Gordon Mackey) and sister Sonia (Rebecca Gleason) live, bemoaning their Chekovian lives. Masha is travelling with her gorgeous but dim – and much younger – lover, Spike, buoyantly played by Spencer Gates. Myra Negron plays Cassandra, the voodoo-loving housekeeper, who like her mythological namesake has the gift of prophecy but no one believes her. Sarah Bella plays Nina, who is the eye candy that attracts Spike, provokes jealousy in Masha and proves to be quite insightful with Vanya. The characters weave themselves into a tangle that leads to a costume party followed by a play within a play that explodes with uproarious results. The New York Times said “Durang leaves us with a message about the importance of family and a reminder that even for the heartsick, laughter is truly the best medicine” The play, commissioned by the McCarter Theatre, Princeton, New Jersey in association with the Lincoln Center Theater, opened at Lincoln Center‘s Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater in a sell-out run in November of 2012 and moved to Broadway two months later.
Written By: Christopher Durang
Directed By: Joy Hawkins
Press, Reviews & Testamonials
“The caliber of the acting is superb in the Red Barn’s production of Vanya, Sonia, Masha and Spike. Key West audiences will be highly entertained by this delightfully intelligent comedy.”
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