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PlayMakers’ Three Sisters Is Chekhov at His Best

It would be so easy to do a bad job of producing Chekhov. In the wrong hands, these characters might seem silly; they might seem like two-dimensional “types”; they might even seem like exaggerated grotesques. At a bad performance, we would have found these characters uninteresting — their hopes and dreams, their problems, and their… Read More ›

The Three Sisters cast (from left) includes Arielle Yoder, Allison Altman, and Marinda Anderson as Masha, Irina, and Olga Prozorova and Joshua David Robinson as Aleksander Vershinin (photo by Jon Gardiner)

Vivienne Benesch Is Directing a New Version of Anton Chekhov’s Three Sisters for PlayMakers Rep

Vivienne Benesch will begin her tenure as PlayMakers Repertory Company’s new producing artistic director with a bold, new interpretation of Russian physician, playwright, and short story writer Anton Chekhov’s 1901 domestic drama, Three Sisters, based on a new version of this masterpiece of Chekhovian ennui adapted by Oregon Shakespeare Festival artistic director emerita Libby Appel… Read More ›

Julie Fishell and Jeffrey Blair Cornell star as Masha and Vanya in "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike" (photo by Jon Gardiner)

PlayMakers Rep’s “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” Starts Slowly, But Soon Gets Up to Speed

Christopher Durang’s 2013 Tony Award®-winning play, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, may not be vintage Durang — because it never quite achieves the sublime silliness of his choicest comic creations — but this slow-starting comedy does provide a fine springboard for PlayMakers Repertory Company, gifted guest director Libby Appel, and a cast of… Read More ›

PRC’s Season Opener Is the 2013 Tony®-Winning Comedy “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike”

PlayMakers Repertory Company’s 2014-15 main-stage season opener will be zany 65-year-old Montclair, NJ-born playwright Christopher Durang’s 2013 Tony Award®-winning comedy Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, which begins three nights previews at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 17th, and officially opens at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 20th, and runs Sept. 21 and 23-28… Read More ›