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When: Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 2 2015

Once upon a time Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike would've been considered the stuff of collegiate spoof—a spiritual cousin to events like the University of Chicago's annual latke vs. hamentaschen debate. Lavishing loads of erudition on a little conceit, the comedy pulls bits from a variety of sources, Aeschylus to Walt Disney, but particularly Anton Chekhov's four theatrical masterpieces (The Seagull, Uncle Vanya, The Cherry Orchard, and Three Sisters). Half the joke is playing Name That Reference along with the waggish don who wrote it, Christopher Durang. But somehow this alumni-weekend novelty got blown up into a 150-minute two-act. And won the 2013 Tony Award for best play. Ah for the days when people took a certain level of literacy for granted. Continue reading >>

Price: $24-$80

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