Hysterically Funny VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE at Old Academy Players

by Patricia Bradford

Old Academy Players proudly presents the hysterically funny VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE, the 2013 Tony award-winning comedy by Christopher Durang. Directed by Jane Jennings, the show runs January 8, 9, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, and 24, 2016. “The kind of full-on comedy that’s rare on Broadway. It makes you laugh out loud and repeatedly at that.”—The New York Post “One of the funniest comedies Broadway has seen in seasons.”—Newsday

A funny, sophisticated takeoff of Chekov characters and settings, VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE is just as funny if you don’t know your Cherry Orchards from your Seagulls. Winner of the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play, it is set in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, where Vanya and his adopted sister Sonia sit and bemoan their fate as unskilled, near penniless, middle-aged people dependent on their movie star sister, Masha, for support. After her fifth divorce, Masha arrives suddenly with her boy toy, Spike, in tow. Since Masha’s career is in decline, her siblings suspect she intends selling the house, leaving them homeless. Old rivalries arise; a costume ball occurs. Nina, a neighboring girl, arrives triggering Masha’s jealousy over Spike who prances about most of the time in next to the altogether. Sparks fly as they parry and thrust with wit and barbs, crackling dialogue. Topping it off is a housekeeper aptly named Cassandra who makes dire predictions no one believes. The stellar cast includes: Steve Connor as Vanya, Sarah Labov as Sonia, Susan Cantone as Masha, Ryan Henzes as Spike, Heather Plank as Cassandra, and Samantha Parry as Nina.

Old Academy Players, a member of the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, is a non-profit community theater located at 3544 Indian Queen Lane in East Falls (Philadelphia), the urban village on the Schuylkill River. Constructed in 1819, the Old Academy building has been the OAP home since 1932. Old Academy Players has provided continuous community theater since 1923 and featured the acting debuts of both Grace Kelly and Robert Prosky.

Show times are Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 2 pm. Tickets are $15. Old Academy welcomes groups! If you have 15 or more in your party, you can take advantage of group discount pricing. Parking for all performances is free. For information and reservations, call 215-843-1109 or visit the theatre’s website at www.oldacademyplayers.org.

Theater/Organization OLD ACADEMY PLAYERS
Theater/Organization Website: http://www.oldacademyplayers.org/

Theater/Organization Address: 3544 Indian Queen Lane Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19129 (Map It)
Theater/Organization Phone: (215) 843-1109

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