Milwaukee Chamber Theatre

'Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike' uncovers humor

Thursday, August 18, 2016

by Julie McHale

MILWAUKEE - Christopher Durang, a prolific, absurdist playwright, has combined a passing salute to Anton Chekhov for setting and themes, but one does not have to be familiar with his work to catch the humor of this piece.

This is the story of a family of three sibs, two of whom are still living in their family home (Vanya and Sonia) and one who has successfully pursued a career in film and is providing support for them (Masha). The two who have cared for their aging parents feel that they have sacrificed everything and have had no chance to develop lives of their own, and the one who supports their existence feels put upon.

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