From Grace to I'll Eat You Last: A Chat With Sue Mengers, A Look at the 2012-13 Season: The Plays

By Playbill Staff
12 Apr 2013

Show: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
Theatre: John Golden Theatre

Preview: March 5, 2013

Opening: March 14, 2013
Closing: Open-ended

Creators: Written by Christopher Durang. Direction by Nicholas Martin.
Original Principal Cast: Sigourney Weaver as Masha, David Hyde Pierce as Vanya, Kristine Nielsen as Sonia, Billy Magnussen as Spike, Shalita Grant as Cassandra and Genevieve Angelson as Nina.
Synopsis: Here's how the play is billed: "Riffing on some of Anton Chekov's most time-tested themes, Christopher Durang proves in his hysterically funny and surprisingly affecting new romp, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, that whether you're in 19th Century Russia or 21st Century Pennsylvania, the human condition never changes. Vanya (Pierce) and Sonia (Nielsen) have never left the confines of their childhood home – a rambling farmhouse in Bucks County, PA – while having to witness the glamorous exploits of their sister, Masha (Weaver), a famous movie actress, from afar. A surprise visit from Masha and her 20-something boy toy, Spike (Magnussen), throws the normally quiet household int0 utter upheaval as its residents and visitors get swept up in an intoxicating mixture of lust, rivalry, regret, and the sudden possibility of escape. Only one thing is certain: no one will get out of this without looking absolutely ridiculous!"

Check out photos from opening night of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.

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