Maine premiere of 2013 Tonys’ Best New Play

‘Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,’ oh my

Aug 30, 2014
Everyman Rep’s “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” features, front from left, David Troup, Jennifer Hodgson and Marie Stickney; and, behind them, Dagney Ernest, Elizabeth Logun and Ryan Thompson.

Camden — Everyman Repertory Theatre's latest main stage production — the Maine premiere of the hilarious comedy “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” — runs through Sept. 21 at the Camden Opera House.

The three-weekend production has performances Saturdays at 7 p.m., Sept. 6, 13 and 20; Sunday matinees 2 p.m, Sept. 7, 14 and 21; and a 7 p.m. Friday performance the final weekend, Sept. 19. There will be a talkback Q&A session with the cast and crew on the second Sunday in the run, Sept. 14.

“Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” written by Christopher Durang, won the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play, as well as a host of other prizes. Vanya and Sonia have never left the confines of their childhood home in Bucks County, Pa., while their sister Masha has been gallivanting around the world as a successful actress. A surprise visit from Masha and her 20-something boy toy, Spike, throws the normally quiet household into utter upheaval as its residents and visitors get swept up in an intoxicating mixture of lust, rivalry, regret and the sudden possibility of escape.

The Everyman production features Jennifer Hodgson, David Troup, Elizabeth Logun, Ryan Thompson, Dagney Ernest and Marie Stickney. The set was designed by John Bielenberg, the lights by Tom Sadowski and the costumes by Jessica Manbeck. Abby Norman is stage manager. The play is directed by Paul Hodgson, and Keith Mackenzie is the producer.

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door, $10 for students. Students studying drama at all local high schools are eligible for a free ticket under the Everyman Rep’s Plays for Pupils program, which introduces students to professional theater. Drama teachers should collect the names of students wishing to attend, and dates, and call those in to the box office.

Advance tickets are available at Owl and Turtle and HAV II in Camden, The Reading Corner in Rockland and Bella Books in Belfast; by calling 236-0173; and online at everymanrep.org.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

Pictured as the title characters, though not seated in that order, are, from left, David Troup, Ryan Thompson, Elizabeth Logun and Jennifer Hodgson.
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