They Should Have Left Vanya and Sonia and Masha to Chekhov

5 thoughts on “They Should Have Left Vanya and Sonia and Masha to Chekhov”

  1. Why is it– when you don’t like something, you need to be mean? You admit you didn’t laugh, the audience did. Ok, leave it at that. . its Not your thing. You come off as a bitter production assistant wanting attention for being ” oh, so outside the mainstream”. Yes, you must be kewl. I guess if you went to Oberlin and this is only as far as you are… Writing your own blog for free tickets to plays… That might explain your sad Humorless personality. I don’t expect anyone who teaches Jim jarmusch ( you must be from Ohio) to like Durang comedy.

    1. Very brave of you, Jim J, to make anonymous ad hominem attacks, and it is flattering that you went out of your way to find out so much personal information about me. Except I’m not from Ohio. And for the record, I do like Durang’s THE ACTOR’S NIGHTMARE.

      1. Dude. Been reading you for a while. Just trying to encourage you to take your talent to a higher level of critique. To call the script worthless and assume the talented cast is wasting themselves is irresponsible and lazy writing. Is it worthless if the piece was a “crowd pleaser”? Who says plays need to stand the ” test of time”. Plays are of the time. People are sad and worn out and need to laugh. They did. I saw the play at Lincoln center… So I didn’t see what you saw. Look. You’re young. You have an opportunity to be thoughtful and interesting and dynamic in a clever way. Not cheap and bitchy, I’ll continue to read your reviews and see you evolve. I teach theatre in a small college. So many of our generation (yeah, im close to you age, i think) have become so dismissive. So “love it, hate it”. So in between. I’m not anonymous. My name is Jim, and I care about artists and their feelings. And believe one can teach and criticize without killing the soul of the artist.

  2. JIm, I agree, the review is cheap and lazy., with (in author’s own words) “pretensions of cultural superiority”. I grew up in Russia, know Chekhov’s works very well, and see nothing wrong with this play – it’s smart and funny.
    Aaron, did you by any chance fall asleep and did not notice Vanya’s explosive monologue in the second act? How could any breathing person agree that ” Mr. Pierce is mostly kept on the sidelines, offering an occasional gay joke”? Sad…

    1. No, Igor, I didn’t fall asleep. And even if I did, I still believe I would have been a breathing person. Vanya’s monologue in the second act (an undistinguished variation on the trite, “When I was your age…”) was, as I recall, the exception to Mr. Pierce’s otherwise sidelined role. As I wrote in the review, I am well aware that most people loved this play. I’m glad you found it smart and funny.

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