Monday, August 22, 2016


compiled by Matthew Reddin

Still haven't made it to our summer show, VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE? Good thing there's still one week of shows left for the hilarious comedy at the Cabot Theatre!

Tickets are still available at the MCT box office, but if you need a push, here's what several of Milwaukee's theatre critics had to say about the production:

Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"Chamber's 'Vanya and Sonia' whips human loneliness into a frappe"
"Takeaways: 'Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike'"

"As is also true here of (C.Michael) Wright and (Jenny) Wanasek, (Carrie) Hitchcock rescues her character from all-out caricature, overcoming the script’s weaker moments to channel the combination of insecurity and longing afflicting characters true to both Chekhov and 21st-century life, in which we feel more alone than ever, despite all the ways we’re ostensibly connected."

"(In) the best moment in the play, as we watch Sonia take a phone call from a man she met at a party ... Wanasek suggests a woman desperate to claw free of the protection in which she’s long swaddled herself, even as she clings to it like a security blanket."

"Wright is poignant in conveying the underlying angst of an aging man, longing for a vanished sense of community and shared experience in a world where those connections we make frequently sacrifice depth for breadth."

Dave Begel, OnMilwaukee
"Misery with laughs on the menu as Chamber Theatre opens season"

"Under the feathery touch of director Marcella Kearns, this Christopher Durang play takes isolation, desolation and disappointment, and stands them on their ear, filling the Cabot Theatre with chuckles, laughters and outright roars of fun."

"(Kearns) has a clear understanding that these roles are big roles, needing big performances. Even as shy and reticent as Vanya is, it still takes an actor with Wright's skills to make it seem as funny as it can be without overdoing it.

Peggy Sue Dunigan, Broadway World
MCT channels a crazy Chekhov in Durang's 'Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike'

"Associate Artistic Director Marcella Kearns directs the production succinctly and with comic success. By adding her own intuition about timing into the play. Kearns often opens up opportunities for more humor to happen on stage."

"MCT's hilarious Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike awakens the possibilities in the audience, wherever and whenever they are in life as well."

Anne Seigel, TotalTheatre
Review: 'Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike'

"Well-known Milwaukee actress Carrie Hitchcock is more than up to the challenge of playing Masha. Her every gesture and syllable reeks with the dramatic flair so important to this character."

"Although the play ends on a note that seems to restore family relationships (at least for a while), Durang doesn’t pretend that everyone will get what they want out of life. Real life often fails to end that way, and this reality is more satisfying than a sugar-coated finale."

Russ Bickerstaff, Shepherd Express
Vanya and Sonia meet Masha and Spike

"The script whimsically plays heavy family drama like a light sitcom—it’s Anton Chekhov by way of Neil Simon."

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