Vanya just wants to make pleasant conversation.
Sonia thinks of herself more as furniture than as a person.
Masha wishes she had time to sit still.
And Spike…well, Spike. Let’s not talk about Spike just yet.
These are the titular characters of Christopher Durang’s droll comedy, winner of the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play, now playing at the Warehouse Theatre.
The play introduces us to three siblings, raised by academics who themselves were enthralled with the plays of Anton Chekhov. Vanya (Tim Ewing), an older gay man, lives in the family home with his spinster sister, Sonia (Kelly Wallace).
Since their parents died, the pair have been little more than caretakers of the home, sipping coffee and staring out the window hoping to spot herons. Their younger sister, Masha (Miranda Barnett), is a globetrotting stage and movie star who bankrolls her older siblings’ lifestyle but otherwise keeps her distance.
The only spark in Vanya and Sonia’s existence is unwanted at best and comes from their eccentric housekeeper, Cassandra (Katherine Nora LeRoy), who falls into hysteric trances that cause her to spout prophecy ala her mythical ancient Greek namesake.
Read more of this Greenville Online Review from Neil Shurley HERE.