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Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

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The McCarter Theatre has a hit on its hands with, of all things, a comic take on the melancholy Russian plays of Chekhov. "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike" stars Sigourney Weaver, Kristine Nielsen, and David Hyde Pierce as siblings whose literary parents named them after Chekhov characters. Masha (played by Sigourney Weaver) is a glamorous actress who descends upon her stay-at-home brother and sister with Spike, her new boy toy (played by Billy Magnussen). Susan Wallner talks with playwright Christopher Durang about comedy and Chekhov, and with actor David Hyde Pierce (Vanya) about being funny while playing it straight. PHOTO CREDIT Billy Magnussen, Sigourney Weaver and David Hyde Pierce in Christopher Durang’s Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike presented by McCarter Theatre Center in association with Lincoln Center Theater. Photo: T. Charles Erickson

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Shakespeare Theatre Stages Dickens' "Oliver" -- with a Twist

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