Showbiz Chicago First Look: Rehearsal Photos of Goodman Theatre’s VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE
The Broadway smash sensation makes its Chicago premiere! Christopher Durang’s “deliriously funny” (The New York Times) Tony Award-winning Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike follows siblings Vanya (Ross Lehman) and Sonia (Janet Ulrich Brooks), who spent their adult years trapped in mundane lives at their family’s cottage, caring for their ailing parents, while their self-involved sister Masha (Mary Beth Fisher), a glamorous movie star, has traveled the world in decadent style. After their soothsayer/cleaning woman Cassandra (E.Faye Butler) warns Vanya and Sonia of impending doom, Masha arrives unannounced, accompanied by her hunky young lover Spike (Jordan Brown), who sparks a friendship with the beautiful girl next door Nina (Rebecca Buller) much to Masha’s dismay. When Masha reveals plans that will upend the family, long-repressed resentments bubble over in a weekend full of wild costume parties, voodoo dolls and surprise romance.
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike earned unanimous acclaim in its 2013 Broadway debut; awards included the Tony Award for Best Play, the Outer Circle Critics Award for Best Play, the Drama League Award for Best Production of a Play, the Drama Desk Award for Best Play, the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Production and the Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best Play. Critics called it “a comic tour de force” (Village Voice), “the funniest play in town” (Bloomberg News), an “utterly refreshing…sweet, witty play with a huge pop culture appetite” (Associated Press) and “terrifically kooky” (Entertainment Weekly).
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike appears June 20 – July 26 (Opening night is June 29) in the Albert Theatre. Tickets ($25-$86; subject to change) are on sale now at GoodmanTheatre.org/Vanya, by phone at 312.443.3800 or at the box office (170 North Dearborn). The Northridge Group is the Opening Night Sponsor of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.