Nov. 13- Dec. 7
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
3225 California St. Omaha
Thurs-Sat: 8 p.m. Sun: 6 p.m. Dec 7: 2 p.m
Reviewing their separate, sometimes despairing lives, three middle-aged siblings…not quite sisters, although Vanya is gay…dress up for a Disney costume party. Movie star Masha assumes the innocence of Snow White despite the presence of her boy toy Spike. Dwarfs? Well, nearly penniless Vanya and Sonia still need to grow up, there on the failing family estate amid a cherry orchard. An update of Chekhov’s ironic darkness? Nyet. Christopher Durang created a comedy, putting, he avers, Chekhov flavors into “ a blender, ” a recipe, surely, for lots of laughs, also suggesting that maturity means savoring what life is left. This 2013 Tony Award winner for Best Play garnered so many other awards that putting them on a mantle could collapse a fireplace. Sparks will fly, though. Don’t worry if you’re not that deeply into the Russian playwright’s soulfulness. And, happily, animal lovers can relax; no one killed a seagull.