Milwaukee Chamber Theatre

Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike

Friday, August 12, 2016

by Anne Siegel, TotalTheater

If anyone needs a life coach, it would be adult siblings Vanya and Sonia, two characters in Christopher Durang's zany comedy, VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE. The Broadway hit play is currently being produced at Milwaukee Chamber Theatre in Milwaukee, WI.

The brother and sister, still recovering from the loss of their elderly parents, open the play with a quiet moment at dawn in their family home's front room. Vanya, seated in his favorite chair, has a view of the backyard pond and watches for a blue heron to arrive as he sips his coffee. The morning stillness doesn't last for long, however. Sonia's arrival causes a spat that sends her coffee cup flying across the room. Sonia's frustration at the lack of a purpose in her life is what fuels the events throughout this sometimes hilarious, sometimes thoughtful look at contemporary life.

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