"Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike" are Colorful but Safe Additions to the Neighborhood

Huntington Theatre Company starts the 2015 theatre season off on a strong note by introducing Boston to the wonderfully zany world of Christopher Durang’s unapologetic love note to Chekhov in his Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.  Durang is an aging playwright who gained considerable respect with his many off-kilter plays with underlying scathing analyses of our contemporary lives.  However, Vanya and Masha and Sonia and Spike is a more sophisticated play than its predecessors, relying as much on Durang’s rants as the common variations on larger-than-life characters of his prior works.  The play is a fulfilling but hollow example of appealing to the masses under the safe disguise of modern theatre.

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No One Puts Happy Medium’s Baby in a Corner

Many people underestimate how difficult Christopher Durang is to perform. With a snarky and dark sense of humor, bordering on the macabre, Durang leaves nothing uncommented in his plays. Happy Medium Theatre’s Baby with the Bathwater performs the play with a sensitivity and awareness of the biting ultra-realism of one of Durang’s most famous and crowd-favourite work. Directed by 2013 My Theatre Award Nominee Lizette M. Morris, the play is a highlight of Happy Medium’s work. The production performs as a testament to the strong acting, outstanding vision, and smart directing inherent in the company.

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