Valley Players will perform Christopher Durang’s 2013 Tony Award-winning “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” for three performances on Feb. 1, 2 and 3 at 7 p.m nightly at the Lincoln Theater in Yountville.
The troupe then takes its show to the Mira Theatre in Vallejo for performances on Feb. 9 and 10 at 7 p.m and Feb. 11 at 2 p.m.
Chekhov is alive and well in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, where adult siblings Vanya and Sonia reside in their old family home, mourning their lost dreams and missed opportunities. When their often-wrong but sometimes right, fortune-telling maid warns of impending dangers, and their movie-star sister, Masha, arrives unexpectedly with young, sexy, boy toy, Spike, the family is launched into a rollicking weekend of one-upmanship, exposed nerves, and a lot of broken mugs.
With wit and absurdity, Christopher Durang’s Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike blends Chekhov’s famous ennui with the modern-day toils and troubles of celebrity, social networking, and age into a laugh-out-loud comedy.
The New York Times called the work “deliriously funny … a heedless good time,” while the New York Post reported that “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” is “riotous … a ton of fun even if you can’t tell your Seagull from your Uncle Vanya.”
According to USA Today, the “few contemporary playwrights have proven as deft as Durang at mining both the absurdity and the dangers of human folly … in its own deliciously madcap way, the new work offers some keen insights into the challenges and agonies of 21st century life.”
Directed by Carla Spindt and Lu Kenmonth and featuring Paul Cotten, June Alane Reif, Randi Storm, Linda Howard, Michael Hunter and Courtney South, ‘Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike’ is funded in part by a grant from the Napa Valley Arts Council and the generosity of the Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater. It is recommended for mature audiences.
Tickets are $20. For the Yountville performances, tickets can be purchased online at lincolntheater.com/vbo/?page=selectevent&eid=24019&edid=0 (online purchasing fees apply), by calling the box office at 707-944-9900, by visiting the box office at 100 California Drive, Yountville on Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. or at the door beginning one hour before show time.
For the Vallejo performances, tickets can be purchased online at eventbrite.com/e/vanya-and-sonia-and-masha-and-spike-tickets-42247817359 (online purchasing fees apply), by emailing Valley Players at firstname.lastname@example.org, or at the door beginning one hour before show time.