★★★1/2 (out of 4)
– CHICAGO TRIBUNE

Feb 11 - Mar 19, 2017 in Goodman's Owen Theatre

Around 2 hours and 40 minutes including one intermission

Robert Falls, “Chicago’s most essential director” (Chicago Tribune), directs Chekhov’s masterpiece in a new adaptation from Pulitzer Prize winner Annie Baker.

Tensions are high at the remote estate of an elderly professor, where resentments flow as freely as the vodka. As the professor’s health fails, his extended family is forced to confront their disturbing futures, while still foundering in their disconcerting pasts. Acclaimed playwright Annie Baker (The Flick) injects a “distinctly contemporary American sound” (Variety) into Chekhov’s famed tale, creating a work that’s both refreshing and true to the iconic playwright’s vision.

 

 

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Artists

By ANTON CHEKHOV, Adaptation By ANNIE BAKER, Directed by ROBERT FALLS

Cast

TIM HOPPER - Uncle Vanya
KRISTEN BUSH - Yelena
MARTON CSOKAS - Astrov
DAVID DARLOW - Serebryakov
MARILYN DODDS FRANK - Maria
CAROLINE NEFF - Sonya
LARRY NEUMANN JR. - Telegin
ALŽAN PELESIĆ - Yefim
MARY ANN THEBUS - Marina

Creative Team and Crew

TODD ROSENTHAL - Scenic Design
ANA KUZMANIC - Costume Design
KEITH PARHAM - Lighting Design
RICHARD WOODBURY- Sound Design
NEENA ARNDT - Dramaturg
ADAM BELCUORE - Casting
ERICA SARTINI-COMBS - Casting
KIMBERLY OSGOOD - Production Stage Manager

Critical Praise
  • "Resonant, funny, smart, clear, involving and...poignant"

    - Chicago Tribune

  • "A remarkably invigorating piece of work that plumbs the existential depths without ever taking itself too seriously"

    - Chicago Tribune

  • "Deeply emotional, impeccably acted"

    - Daily Herald

  • "It took 40 years before [Robert Falls] helmed Chekhov's play about unrequited love. Goodman Theatre's production is worth the wait"

    - Daily Herald

  • "Navigates the razor's edge where humor and pathos meet"

    - Daily Herald

  • "An unpretentious, affectionate tribute to a writer that has clearly had an influence on [Annie Baker] and speaks to [her] well-deserved reputation for artistic and authorial maturity"

    - Newcity

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