Weston to present 'Vanya'
Dubbed "deliriously funny" by the New York Times, the comedy is becoming the most-produced play across the country following its celebrated Broadway run.
Producing Artistic Director Steve Stettler directs Weston and Broadway veterans David Bonanno, Amelia White and Susan Haefner as three middle-aged siblings who grapple with their lives and relationships over a weekend in the country.
Deonna Bouye, Brandon Drea and Haley Bond round out the stellar cast as a soothsaying cleaning woman, a sexy boy toy, and a starstuck ingenue. Designer Howard C. Jones has created the eccentric Pennsylvania farmhouse in which the antics take place, with lighting by Ann G. Wrightson, costumes by Kirche Zeile and sound by Rob Milburn and Michael Bodeen.
"I fell in love with this play the minute I saw it," says Stettler. "It mixes the wacky but lovable ensemble of the great Kaufman and Hart comedies with the wit of a Noel Coward or an Oscar Wilde."
Inspired by the plays of Anton Chekhov, author Durang is quick to note that Vanya and Sonia is not a parody but its own unique comic romp.
While looking at the need for purpose and connection at any stage of life, the playwright skewers everything from the internet to real estate to Hollywood spin-offs in his clever attack on modern society.
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike plays a limited run July 17 to 26 at the Weston Playhouse, on the Village Green (12 Park Street) in Weston.
Show times are Tuesdays-Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2 p.m., and Sundays at 3 p.m. The show runs 2 hours, 30 minutes with one intermission.
Pre-show dinner is available at the theatre's own restaurant, the Cafe at the Falls. Tickets to the show start at $25 and can be purchased by calling 802-824-5288 or online at weston playhouse.org.
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