CHEKHOV'S UNCLE VANYA Extends at SoHo Rep Thru 8/26
In response to overwhelming demand, amid extraordinary critical acclaim, Soho Rep, in association with John Adrian Selzer, extends the world premiere of CHEKHOV'S UNCLE VANYA-the new version by playwright Annie Baker, directed by Sam Gold-through August 26. These additional five weeks constitute the second extension of the run; the initial six weeks and the first extension (through July 22), announced before the show opened, are sold out.
Performances in the new extension will take place Tuesdays-Sundays at 7:30 P.M., and Saturdays at 2:00 P.M. at Soho Rep (46 Walker Street). Tickets are $50-55 for regular, $75 for premium, ($20 student rush) and can be purchased by visiting www.sohorep.org or calling 212.352.3101.
Critics have deemed the production a must-see. Charles Isherwood of The New York Times calls it "one of the summer's hot tickets," and considers Reed Birney's performance as the title character, "as vitally moving a Vanya as I've yet to see." The cover of last week's Time Out NY refers to the production as "the ticket to book now," and critic David Cote's five-star review says, "Baker's new version of Uncle Vanya finds fresh pockets of rawness and disorientation in the classic, wrapped in a wholly absorbing, intimate setting by director Sam Gold and acted by a superb cast." In The Village Voice, Jacob Gallagher-Ross calls the show "devastatingly beautiful," and urges, "Go see it. People are going to be talking about this one for years."
Variety critic Marilyn Stasio says Baker's version of Chekhov's classic "is more than a modern-dress treatment of a classic work. It's a fresh rethinking of the material from the perspective of a modern mind," and adds, "under Sam Gold's clear-as-a-bell helming, a remarkable ensemble…breathes new life into Chekhov's familiar characters." Brian Scott Lipton of Theatermania credits Baker's translation with "eliminating any distance we might feel from these universal characters first created over 100 years ago, but recognizable to - and in - each one of us." In Backstage, Andy Propst praises the production's "top-notch cast" and the "marvelously pitched performance by Reed Birney."
Chekhov's Uncle Vanya reunites Baker and Gold, whose previous collaborations include The Aliens and Circle Mirror Transformation. In addition to Reed Birney (Blasted at Soho Rep, Circle Mirror Transformation at Playwrights Horizons, Dreams of Flying Dreams of Falling at the Atlantic) as Vanya, the world premiere features Peter Friedman (Circle Mirror Transformation and After the Revolution at Playwrights Horizons, Twelve Angry Men on Broadway, Tony Award nomination for Ragtime) as Serebryakov, a retired professor; Maria Dizzia (Tony Award nominee for In the Next Room…, Eurydice at Second Stage; Film: Martha Marcy May Marlene) as Yelena, his wife; Merritt Wever (The Illusion at The Signature Theatre, Touch(ed) at Williamstown Theatre Festival; TV: Nurse Jackie) as Sonya, his daughter from his first marriage; Rebecca Schull (TV: Wings; Film: Little Children, Analyze This) as Maria, mother of Vanya and the professor's first wife; Michael Shannon (Bug, Our Town and Mistakes Were Made at Barrow Street; Film: Academy Award nominee for Revolutionary Road, Take Shelter, TV: Boardwalk Empire) as Astrov, a doctor; Matthew Maher (Orange, Hat & Grace and LEAR at Soho Rep, A Doll's House at Williamstown Theatre Festival; Film: It's Kind of a Funny Story)as Telegin, an impoverished landowner; Paul Thureen (Buddy Cop 2 and Cape Disappointment with The Debate Society) as Yefim, a hired man/night watchman; and Georgia Engel (TV: The Mary Tyler Moore Show; Middletown at the Vineyard, The Drowsy Chaperone on Broadway) as Marina, an old nanny.