by the lovely Nancy Rogier…
Arlington Friends of the Drama presents the hilarious comedy Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike June 3–12. Performances are Friday, June 3 and June 10 at 8 PM; Saturday, June 4 and June 11 at 8 PM; and Sunday, June 5 and June 12 at 4 PM. A talk-back with the cast and production crew will follow the June 5 matinee performance.
Tickets are $20 and may be purchased online at the AFD Theatre’s website at www.afdtheatre.org. AFD Theatre’s box office can be reached at 781-646-5922. All phone messages are checked and returned by volunteers.
Written by the critically-acclaimed Christopher Durang, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike won the Tony Award in 2013 for Best Play. This delightful comedy of ill manners portrays middle-aged Vanya and his adopted sister Sonia, who live a quiet, mundane life in the Pennsylvania farmhouse where they grew up, while their glamorous sister Masha travels the world as a movie star.
Vanya and Sonia’s daily existence is enlivened by the aptly-named Cassandra, the cleaning lady who issues routine warnings about terrible events in their future. Just after Cassandra’s latest predictions, Masha returns for an unannounced visit with her 20-something boyfriend Spike in tow. So begins an unforgettable weekend that builds to a fever pitch of rivalry, regret, and racket.
Mixing Chekhov sensibilities with cringe-worthy flair, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike is a delightfully off-kilter summer romp that critics have hailed as “a sublime state of hilarity” and “a zany joy.”
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike is being directed by Mary Fitzpatrick. The cast includes Jon Nuquist as Vanya, Jenny Gutbezahl as Sonia, Nancy Finn as Masha, and Noah Tobin as Spike. Sophia Milas plays the role of Cassandra and Nicole Williams is portraying next-door neighbor Nina.
The town of Arlington is well represented in this production. Director Mary Fitzpatrick and cast member Sophia Milas are Arlington residents. Production crew members from Arlington include Gareth Williams on set tech, Jeaneen Barletta on hair design, and Charlotte Kelley on props and set dressing.
Don’t miss it!!