Sonia and Vanya and Masha and Spike -LA

VernonGersch
Broadway Star
joined:8/9/10
Christine Ebersole! Looking forward to finally seeing this after having missed it in NYC

It opens this week in LA. Has anybody seen it yet?
FishermanBob
Broadway Legend
joined:7/9/12
Tonight was only the first preview. It doesn't open for a week and a half. Seeing it Saturday night.

BTW, is it time to consider trimming the signature a bit to maybe the last year or two?
J52
Featured Actor
joined:5/11/04
Anybody?
Follow Your Bliss
broadwayboy987
Stand-by
joined:2/15/10
I saw it on Friday night and thought it was fantastic! There wasn't a weak link in the cast. Christine Ebersole gave a wonderful performance.
Popular
Broadway Legend
joined:1/8/05
I really want to see this! Trying to decide if it would be a good show to take a friend to. She understands English well but it's not her first language and she doesn't do too well with very complicated plots or shows that are very heavily dialogue driven (if that makes sense). Is it easy to follow what's going on?
DAME
Broadway Legend
joined:4/15/04
I'd take her to something else. BTW.... love the play.
HUSSY POWER! ------ HUSSY POWER!
Popular
Broadway Legend
joined:1/8/05
Thanks! That's the feeling I was leaving towards.
VernonGersch
Broadway Star
joined:8/9/10
Throughly enjoyed this play. One of the best pieces of theatere I've seen at The Taper.

David Hyde Pierce's direction is flawless from the gorgeous set to the incredible performances of Mark Blum and Kristine Neilsen along with Christine Ebersole, this is a theatrical treat.

nasty_khakis
Broadway Star
joined:3/15/07
I'd love to hear thoughts about this vs the NY production. The set is the same, but the costumes are different (in some cases more of the same, others completely different). Some of the publicity shots even look staged the same way. I'm just curious how different it is, direction-wise. Is it entirely different (including how Kristine and Shalita play their roles) or Did Pierce use the original as a road map of sorts?
bjh2114
Broadway Legend
joined:4/19/06

The only thing I will say is that Kristine's new Maggie Smith dress is HORRENDOUS. She looks awful. On Broadway, that costume stole the show.

dreaming
Broadway Legend
joined:4/24/09
I wish Christine Ebersole could have taken over when Sigourney Weaver left. I'd have LOVED to see her in the role.
tobiasragg
Broadway Legend
joined:7/17/06
My first thought was about Kristine's costume. What a HORRIFIC choice. She was stunning in that blue number and now she looks like frump queen USA, just like the rest of the play. Sort of kills the contrast between the two...
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VernonGersch
Broadway Star
joined:8/9/10
I didn't catch the show in NYC but I can attest to the fact that Kristine's costume for the party is actually really beautifuk and she wears it well.

bjh2114
Broadway Legend
joined:4/19/06
I'm sorry, but there is NO comparison between this:



and this:





Updated On: 2/4/14 at 11:48 AM
Kad
Broadway Legend
joined:11/5/05
Odd that the costumes were changed. The Broadway dress is really exactly what that needs to be- eyecatching and glamorous.
somethingwicked
Broadway Legend
joined:5/27/05
While the LA production retains the same Set Designer as the Broadway production (David Korins,) it does not have the same Costume Designer. Gabriel Berry designed the costumes in LA, whereas Emily Rebholz designed the ones on Broadway.
Tonya Pinkins: Then we had a "Lot's Wife" last June that was my personal favorite. I'm still trying to get them to let me sing it at some performance where we get to sing an excerpt that's gone.
Tony Kushner: You can sing it at my funeral.
RippedMan
Broadway Legend
joined:8/14/05
Is she suppose to be pretty or dumpy in that scene? Cause that dress looks dumpy and dirty?
perfectlymarvelous
Broadway Legend
joined:5/21/07
The point is that she's pretty and overshadowing her much more glamorous sister. The Broadway costume got that point across pretty well, but I agree, the LA dress is not nearly as nice.
StageDoor3
Swing
joined:3/13/13
The Actors Fund is having special fundraising evening next Tuesday, February 11 at "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike" with tickets to the show plus an autographed program and a wine and dessert reception with David Hyde Pierce and cast members after the show.

Tickets are $150 and all proceeds go to support people working in theatre, film and television who are in crisis, need or transition. For tickets or information please call 323-933-9266 ext 458 or visit www.actorsfund.org.


Updated On: 2/5/14 at 10:59 AM
rosscoe(au)
Broadway Legend
joined:8/20/05
Saw it tonight ( sad I didn't see the Actors fund info before ) loved the show laugh out loud funny with a wonderful cast , and Sonia's party dress is stunning. On stage it's breathtaking.

Well I didn't want to get into it, but he's a Satanist. Every full moon he sacrifices 4 puppies to the Dark Lord and smears their blood on his paino. This should help you understand the score for Wicked a little bit more. Tazber's: Reply to Is Stephen Schwartz a Practicing Christian
BWNUT
Stand-by
joined:9/26/07
saw it tonight for the second time (tkts are discounted for the weekday shows). Saw some famous faces in the audience. loving it more and more. I have a feeling I might see it at least once more before it leaves. Tonight's audience seemed to love it, too. The actors had to pause quite a few times to let the laughter and clapping die down. Actually, some of the dialogue got drowned out by it. That dress got a loud applause and quite honestly, looked red-carpet ready (for Maggie Smith, that is).
rosscoe(au)
Broadway Legend
joined:8/20/05
Who was in the audience tonite, thought I saw a couple of people not really sure.
Well I didn't want to get into it, but he's a Satanist. Every full moon he sacrifices 4 puppies to the Dark Lord and smears their blood on his paino. This should help you understand the score for Wicked a little bit more. Tazber's: Reply to Is Stephen Schwartz a Practicing Christian
ACL2006
Broadway Legend
joined:2/11/06
I know plays rarely end up touring, but I though this one would do well, even if just for 6-9 months touring some of the bigger cities(San Francisco, Chicago, Toronto, D.C., etc.).
A Chorus Line played its final Broadway performance on August 17, 2008. The tour played its final performance on August 21, 2011. A new non-equity tour started in October 2012 played its final performance on March 23, 2013.
Kad
Broadway Legend
joined:11/5/05
I doubt it'll tour- especially since it's being done by scores of regional theatres.
Wicked Fanatic
Leading Actor
joined:3/31/09
I doubt it'll tour- especially since it's being done by scores of regional theatres.

I agree with this and it's up next at the Old Globe in San Diego (May 17-June 22). Can't wait to see who they cast in this production.
J52
Featured Actor
joined:5/11/04
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