“Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” at ACT Theatre

Posted on October 22, 2014, 5:15 pm
2 mins


Image by John Cornicello, courtesy of ACT Theatre.

vanya2vanya2The critically acclaimed play Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike comes to ACT Theatre, opening to the public on Thursday, October 23. For those unfamiliar with the play, the posters advertising the play around town may be a little puzzling. A robin’s egg blue background with lighthearted fonts, Russian names, three figures in Disney-style, fairy-tale costumes and a posing beefcake—what’s that about? ACT Theatre elucidates:

Siblings Vanya and Sonia live in the family home in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. They have lived their entire lives on the family money, spending their days doing nothing but lamenting their rather Chekovian lot in life. When Masha, the third sibling (who is a movie star funding their lazy brand of hedonism) returns home with a beautiful albeit very, very young and dull boyfriend, life as Vanya and Sonia have known it is suddenly threatened. Inspired by the work of Anton Chekhov, Christopher Durang uses his play to comment on age, entitlement, social networking, and the accessibility of celebrity, never without the presence of overwhelming, ridiculous comedy.

The play took home top honors from the Tony Awards, the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Awards and the Drama Desk Awards in 2013. For those who love smart comedy and social commentary, it’s a must-see.

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

When: October 23 through November 16

Where: ACT Theatre (700 Union St)

See the full list of dates and buy tickets on the ACT website. Special performances include an audio-described performance for the visually impaired on November 8.


T.s. Flock is a writer and arts critic based in Seattle and co-founder of Vanguard Seattle.