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"Vanya, and Sonia and Masha and Spike" Hits the Boards at Playhouse 22

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Ana Kalet as Sonia, Charles Acosta as Spike, Mike Levine as Vanya and Judy Venturini as Masha. Credits: Playhouse 22
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EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ -- Life was just a cabaret at Playhouse 22.  Maybe it's time for some less flashy, more funny family dysfunction?  Isn't it great to see the family?  Especially when they bring their significant others?  Especially when they plan to stay?

Playhouse 22, East Brunswick's Community Theater, presents Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, a comedy by Christopher Durang. This award-winning play, which got its start at the McCarter Theater in Princeton before moving to Broadway, puts the "fun" back in dysfunctional.

Winner of the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play,  Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike concerns middle-aged siblings Vanya and Sonia, who share a home in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, where they bicker and complain about the circumstances of their lives. So, don't we all?

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Then their movie-star sister Masha swoops in with her new boy toy Spike. (Spike?)

Ben Brantley of The New York Times described the play as a "sunny new play about gloomy people" in 2013, before this Chekov-referenced dramady won the Tony award for Best Play.

 

Playhouse 22's production is directed by Lynn Polan.

 

The show runs November 4 - 20, with performances on Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 3 p.m.  Tickets are $22/adults and $20/seniors and students, and can be purchased online at Playhouse22.org; calling the Box Office at (732) 254-3939; or at the door on the day of the performance. 

 

Playhouse 22 is conveniently located at the East Brunswick Community Arts Center, 721 Cranbury Road, East Brunswick.

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