Uncle Vanya

Feb 11 - Mar 19, 2017 In the Owen
Approximate running time: 2 hours and 40 minutes including one intermission

  • ★★★ 1/2 (out of four)”— Chicago Tribune

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.


Praise for Robert Falls' 2010 production of Chekhov’s The Seagull

  • “One of the deepest dives into the psyche of Anton Chekhov one ever is likely to see.” – Chicago Tribune
  • “A Chekhov production to rival the finest anywhere.” - Newcity
  • “One of the most penetrating, satisfying productions of an Anton Chekhov play I've experienced on a Chicago-area stage.” – Daily Herald
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    Tim Hopper (Vanya) in Uncle Vanya by Anton Chekhov, adapted by Annie Baker and Directed by Robert Falls

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    Marton Csokas (Astrov) and Kristen Bush (Yelena)

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    Kristen Bush (Yelena) and Tim Hopper (Vanya)

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    Caroline Neff (Sonya) and Tim Hopper (Vanya)

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    David Darlow (Serbryakov) and Kristen Bush (Yelena)

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    Caroline Neff (Sonya) and Kristen Bush (Yelena)

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    David Darlow (Serbryakov), Mary Ann Thebus (Marina), Marilyn Dodds Frank (Maria), Larry Neumann Jr. (Telegin), Tim Hopper (Vanya) and Caroline Neff (Sonya)

  • Uncle Vanya Production Photos
    Tim Hopper (Vanya) and Marton Csokas (Astrov)

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    David Darlow (Serbryakov), Kristen Bush (Yelena), Tim Hopper (Vanya), Marilyn Dodds Frank (Maria), Larry Neumann Jr. (Telegin), Caroline Neff (Sonya) and Mary Ann Thebus (Marina)

  • Uncle Vanya Production Photos
    David Darlow (Serbryakov), Kristen Bush (Yelena), Tim Hopper (Vanya), Mary Ann Thebus (Marina), Marilyn Dodds Frank (Maria), and Larry Neumann Jr. (Telegin)

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Press & Reviews

'Uncle Vanya': Why not a little vodka with that boring life?

Annie Baker's terrific translation of "Uncle Vanya" begins like this. Marina, an old nurse who does not move much, pours a cup of tea. "You should eat something," she says to Mikhail Lvovich Astrov, a country doctor who is, like many of the personages imagined by Anton Chekhov, bored out of his skull.

Goodman's impeccably acted 'Uncle Vanya' balances humor, pathos

It took a long time for Robert Falls to tackle "Uncle Vanya." In fact, it took some 40 years before the director considered helming Anton Chekhov's play about unrequited love and unfulfilled lives. Goodman Theatre's current production is worth the wait.

Uncle Vanya

Self-hatred and unrequited love shine at the Goodman. - Feb 23, 2017 by Adelaide Lee in Reviews. Tags: Goodman Theatre, Annie Baker, Anton Chekhov, Uncle Vanya, Kristen Bush, Robert Falls, Keith Parham, Mary Ann Thebus, Tim Hopper, Caroline Neff, David Darlow, Marilyn Dodds Frank, Larry Neumann Jr., Marton Csokas

Robert Falls gives the Goodman's Uncle Vanya all the clarity of his years

Robert Falls marks three decades as artistic director of Goodman Theatre this year. So how does he celebrate? In part by directing Uncle Vanya -Anton Chekhov's dark comedy about a bunch of miserable Russians, facing mortality with the growing certainty that they've wasted their lives.

Robert Falls celebrates 30 years at Goodman, with a nod to future

"I always liked the visuals to be choice and at the same time minimalist. And, I love black boxes. After all, that's what theatre is, it's an empty space, and it's both limited and unlimited because the space is the space, but what you can do with people's imaginations is really endless."

Talks & Events
low vision and blind services  PATRONS WHO ARE BLIND OR HAVE LOW VISION

Large print programs: available to download in Microsoft Word format for all shows prior to a performance. Download here.

Braille programs: available day of the performance from the Guest Services desk

Audio Described performance: Sunday, March 5 at 2pm
Blind and low vision patrons receive a headset for one ear that allows them to listen to a description of the key visual elements of a performance while still hearing the actors. These descriptions are inserted into natural pauses in the show. For access to reserved, discounted seating enter the promo code AUDIO when purchasing online or call the box office at 312.443.3800 (voice) or 312.443.3829 (TTY/TDD).

Touch Tour: March 5 at 12:30pm
The tour will feature a 45-60 minute presentation detailing the set, costume and character elements for the performance. When reserving tickets please indicate how many people will be in your party for both the Touch Tour and the performance.


hearing impaired services


Assistive Listening Devices: Both the Albert and the Owen are equipped with FM frequency assistive listening devices. You may use your own headphones, or they will be provided for you. In addition, neck loops are available that are compatible with t-coil hearing aids. Devices are available at the Guest Services desk in the Goodman lobby. Assistive listening devices are offered free of charge, but a driver's license or valid ID is required as security.

Open Captioned Performance: Sunday, March 12 at 2pm

For hard of hearing or deaf patrons, an LED sign presents dialogue in sync with the performance.  For access to reserved, discounted seating enter the promo code OPEN when purchasing online or call the box office at 312.443.3800 (voice) or 312.443.3829 (TTY/TDD).

American Sign Language Interpretation: Saturday, March 11 at 2pm

ASL interpreters are located near the stage for deaf patrons seated in an area of the theater that gives the best sight lines to follow the interpretation and the action on stage. For access to reserved, discounted seating in the front five rows for a signed performance, enter the promo code SIGN when purchasing online or call the box office at 312.443.3800 (voice) or 312.443.3829 (TTY/TDD).


mobility services 


Goodman Theatre has accessible wheelchair/scooter locations in both the Albert and Owen* theaters.

Depending on your preferences, you can use the promo codes below to access special reserved seat locations when purchasing tickets online:

  • Enter promo code TRANSFER if you wish to transfer to a theater seat from your walker, wheelchair or scooter.
  • Enter promo code REMOVAL if you require a location where a seat can be removed for you to stay in your wheelchair/scooter while you watch the performance.

Please call ticket services at 312.443.3800 if you have questions or would like to purchase over the phone. All of our ticket representatives can assist you in finding a seat location to fit your needs.

Goodman Theatre has a wheelchair on site, which may be used to transport patrons to and from assigned seats. For use of the on-site wheelchair, contact house management at 312.443.3818.

*Although the Owen Theatre is a general admission house, accessible seats will be reserved for you on the seating level you purchase.

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