Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike!

Buffyfan51
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Posted: 10/26/12 at 09:24pm
Got tickets for December! If anyone that goes stage doors it please post your experiences.
Updated On: 10/26/12 at 09:24 PM
Mildred Plotka
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Posted: 10/26/12 at 10:13pm
Thanks for the reports. Seeing this in 2 weeks. Even more excited now!
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mamaleh
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Posted: 10/27/12 at 01:54am
I'm glad someone corrected me. I thought Hyde Pierce is out for the October 28 perf--turns out it's DECEMBER 28. Sorry to alarm any ticket-holders this weekend.

Luv2goToShows
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Posted: 10/27/12 at 08:23am
Sounds awesome, I grabbed a ticket, have to wait to see it but I was able to get a great seat in January.
once a month
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Posted: 10/27/12 at 09:47am
What a refreshing night in the theatre! Exceptional cast, surprises galore and I hadn't laughed in a play so much and so hard in a very, very long time. It was just a fabulous, "feel good" experience. Weaver was hilarious...and I'll never forget her sobbing like a cat as long as I live.
Rodgerdodger
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Posted: 10/27/12 at 02:41pm
It sounds fabulous! I wish Durang plays toured.
WiCkEDrOcKS
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Posted: 10/27/12 at 08:55pm
If you aren't overly familiar with the Chekhov canon, will you still enjoy the show? Do the jokes/humor stand on their own?
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WhizzerMarvin TrinaJasonMendel
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Posted: 10/27/12 at 09:37pm
You won't be lost or anything if you aren't familiar with Chekhov, but some of the jokes/references might pass you by. The setting, the plot, the style of dialogue in spots are all allusions to Chekhov so it's much funnier if you know what Durang's spoofing.

Did you have to know every flop referenced in [tos]? No, but it was funnier if you did.

Really, if you know The Cherry Orchard, Three Sisters, Uncle Vanya, The Seagull and Ivanov you'll be set.
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AC126748
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Posted: 10/27/12 at 11:18pm
Really, if you know The Cherry Orchard, Three Sisters, Uncle Vanya, The Seagull and Ivanov you'll be set.

That IS the entire theatrical Chekhov canon.

Saw it this afternoon. Hilarious.
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WiCkEDrOcKS
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Posted: 11/4/12 at 07:13pm
Saw it this afternoon and really loved it! The first twenty minutes or so are a bit rocky, but after that, it's just a total blast. David Hyde Pierce is WONDERFUL and his (lengthy and wordy) rant in Act Two is a highlight. Kristine Nielsen is hysterical; her aforementioned Maggie Smith impersonation stole the show. And Sigourney Weaver is still trying to mine a few laughs here and there, but overall, I thought she was really, really great. The entire cast is exceptional, really. It was nice to see the Newhouse about 85% full after Hurricane Sandy. The audience really seemed to enjoy themselves; I know I did. I can't imagine any theater-lover not enjoying themselves at this show.


I sat Row B (which is the first row); stage left, on the aisle. There are a brief few moments here and there that are obstructed, but overall it was a more than fine view.
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broadwayboy101
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Posted: 11/5/12 at 01:41am
Saw this on the 27th and can't recommend it enough.

Regarding the stage door: everyone came out, though Weaver and Pierce were the only two who seemed ready to sign - the rest of the cast looked like they'd be more than happy to sign if anyone stopped to ask, but they were pretty quick to exit so I don't think anyone did the night I went. There were only a handful of people waiting, and about half were autograph sellers who hadn't even seen the show (mainly for Alien memorabilia for Weaver). Ms. Weaver was extremely gracious and stopped to chat with anyone who saw the show, even commenting that the cast was thrilled to see "young people" in the audience that night (the few of us waiting were all clearly in our early 20s). She signed and took pics with anyone who asked. Pierce ducked out while Ms. Weaver was chatting with everyone, but he took pics and signed for some people ahead of us - I think he just figured we were there for Sigourney. Sorry if that's a bit lengthy, I get detail-oriented when I'm tired
macnyc
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Posted: 11/6/12 at 04:17pm
In case anyone is interested, Vanya and Sonia... is on TDF for tomorrow's matinee only.
seymour krelborn
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Posted: 11/16/12 at 10:30am
Could someone tell me where the stage door for the Newhouse is? Is it the generic "lincoln Center theater stage door" that the Beaumont uses?
After Eight
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Posted: 11/16/12 at 11:38pm
"I can't imagine any theater-lover not enjoying themselves at this show. "

Try.

If only just a teensy bit.

Here's a suggestion: Try to avoid making sweeping generalities like this. Invariably, they will fail to hold water.

I could just as easily say that I can't imagine anyone liking something as inept, inert, and infantile as this play. But having read the reactions on this thread, I can imagine it only too well, alas.
iflip4musicals
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Posted: 11/17/12 at 11:24am
LincTix are sold out for both performances next Friday
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wicked_beast4
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Posted: 11/17/12 at 11:35am
I'm looking forward to seeing this at Lincoln Center because in all honesty, I wasn't that impressed with its recent run at the McCarter. I thought most of the performances were brilliant, standouts without a doubt being Kristine Nielsen and David Hyde Pierce. However, Sigourney Weaver, although entertaining, felt a little forced in a role that should have been so well-suited for her. I mean, I found it to be an enjoyable night at the theatre, but I wouldn't say that I loved it by any means.
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iluvtheatertrash
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Posted: 11/18/12 at 09:33am
Saw this yesterday and was incredibly moved. Not your typical Durang laugh-fest. A lot of dramatic moments here. Nielsen's Act Two monologue/phone call is a master class.
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NewYorkTheater
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Posted: 11/18/12 at 09:39pm

It's funny, sexy AND moving -- and it's one "Vanya" with comfortable seats!
Durang Makes Chekhov Funny and Keeps Him Sad

jayinchelsea
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Posted: 11/20/12 at 10:42pm
Brilliant and funny and moving, This time Durang has written a great play, and the cast is excellent. Nielsen is just amazing. Why isn't LC moving this to Broadway? With so many of the new shows bombing out, there's bound to be a theatre for this.
EricMontreal22
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Posted: 11/27/12 at 06:17pm
"I'm awfully glad to hear that Durang is back on his game. I loved his work up til Sex and Longing, and feel he's been trying to recover his voice ever since that mis-step"

Though a bit heavy handed, you didn't like Betty;'s Summer Vacation? Anyway, I missed this thread, but great to read all the love for the show.
Buffyfan51
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Posted: 12/2/12 at 12:01am
I am going to see this next weekend and I have never been to this theater before. Where exactly is the stage door?
Buffyfan51
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Posted: 12/4/12 at 05:09pm
Never mind.

Updated On: 12/19/12 at 05:09 PM
GilmoreGirlO2
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Posted: 12/19/12 at 10:44am
Saw the show this past weekend and cannot say enough good things about it. While I enjoyed the first act, the second act is where it really took off for me. For me, the best moments were the monologues: Kristine Nielson’s telephone monologue was brilliant and I was crying with her by the end of it. David Hyde Pierce’s big monologue was a feat of strength and wonderfully done. I enjoyed Weaver and thought she excelled in some aspects of her character (her weeping and licking her paws for example), but something made me feel as though she wasn’t completely comfortable onstage (still trying to figure out what it was – I almost feel like she missed some moments that could have gotten big laughs or really added more complexity to her character right off the bat). I enjoyed this show immensely and urge anyone who is on the fence about seeing it to go.

I am a big Chekhov fan, but I believe you can still, undoubtedly, enjoy the show just as much knowing nothing about Chekhov.
GilmoreGirlO2
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Posted: 12/19/12 at 10:44am
Accidental double post.
Updated On: 12/19/12 at 10:44 AM
lindatnyc2
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Posted: 12/20/12 at 03:55pm
Can someone direct me to where the stage door is?

Thanks in advance.

-L
jaxandmci
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Posted: 12/20/12 at 04:06pm
I am looking very forward to seeing this. I wasn't able to get tickets for it my last two visits so I was quite happy when in the same day, I found out that my January 19 performance of The Anarchist was cancelled and this show--originally scheduled to close January 13--was extending a week. Faced with an open slot, I snapped up front row seats for it and think I will have a much better (and longer) theatre experience. The world works in mysterious ways.

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