|Masha and Vanya and Sonia|
The Philadelphia Theatre Company, housed in the Suzanne Roberts Theatre at Broad and Lombard Streets is producing the 2013 Tony Award winning play Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike through April 20. Playwright Christopher Durang acquired names from Chekhov and carefully interwove some of Chekhov's most common themes such as illness, disillusionment, lack of communication and the importance of the cosmos into an extremely funny comedy. Members of this incredibly talented ensemble cast of Kraig Swartz as Vanya, Deidre Madigan as Sonia, Grace Gonglewski as Masha, Alec Shaw as Spike, Kianne Muschett as Cassandra and Clare O’Malley as Nina have won multiple Barrymore Awards and have been seen on Broadway and TV as well. Laughter abounds throughout the show as the characters deliver humorous lines with straight faces, but you can hear a pin drip during Vanya’s rant in the second act. Lighting designer Dennis Parichy and set designer David Gordon have done a phenomenal job with the set - a country home in pastoral Bucks County with trees aplenty and blue skies peering through the skylights. This is a play with many messages, but perhaps the most important one is to come see it and enjoy yourself, for you surely will delight in this performance. For more information or tickets, call 215-985-0420 or visit online at PhiladelphiaTheatreCompany.org.