Each year in the last edition of The Wave we publish a list of memorable moments from what area audiences saw on stage during the year. But I can tell you right here and now that the production of Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike directed by Julie Ahasay that opened at the Duluth Playhouse on Thursday night is making that list and it is making it at least twice, because Christopher Durang’s Tony Award winning play provides not one but two absolute tour de force scenes well worth seeing.
Weary Vanya (John Pokrzywinski) and glum Sonia (Christa Schulz) are a pair of middle-aged siblings living out their unrewarding lives in the family home, when their cleaning woman, Cassandra (Kate Horvath), starts howling dire portents of imminent disaster. Enter Masha (Carrie Mohn), their relentlessly narcissistic movie star sister, and her latest boy toy, the totally buffed Spike (Matthew Smith).
The main sparks in this play are between Sonia and Masha, who are such polar opposites that the only thing they have in common is their knowledge of how to push each other’s buttons, which leads to a series of escalating confrontations that conclude in an epic comically competitive crying jag.
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WHEN: June 5-14, 2015
TIMES: Thursdays – Saturdays @ 7:30pm | Sundays @ 2:00pm
WHERE: The Duluth Playhouse (506 West Michigan Street, Duluth Minn., 55802)
STOP BY: Box Office in the Playhouse administrative office (506 West Michigan Street, Duluth Minn., 55802)
This review was originally published in the Duluth News Tribune on Friday, June 5, 2015 and was written by Lawrence Bernabo.