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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, April 15, 2015

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(L to R) Grace Gonglewski as Masha, Eric Hissom as Vanya and Sherri L. Edelen as Sonia in "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike" at Arena Stage.
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(L to R) Grace Gonglewski as Masha, Eric Hissom as Vanya and Sherri L. Edelen as Sonia in "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike" at Arena Stage.

Apr. 15-May 3: “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike”

If you're a fan of playwright Anton Chekhov, this is your month. Arena Stage presents the D.C. premiere of Christopher Durang’s Tony Award-winning comedy “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” through May 3. Directed by Aaron Posner, who’s known for his own Chekhov adaptations, the show satirizes characters and themes from a few of the Russian writer’s classics.

“Chekhov’s lens is that of longing and the sort of complexities of the human heart and that’s the playground, but it’s Christopher Durang sort of riffing on that in his own way,” Posner says. “I love it because it’s hopeful, it’s delightful, it’s fun and it also is really human and really beautiful at the same time.”

Apr. 15-May 3: “Uncle Vanya”

Round House Theatre presents Annie Baker’s take on Chekhov’s “Uncle Vanya” through May 3. This new version uses modern language in an attempt to sounds to contemporary American ears the way the play sounded to Russian ears when the play was first produced.

Apr. 15-25: “Drunkle Vanya”

If you enjoy Chekhov and hanging out in bars, you might want to swing by The Pinch in Columbia Heights to see LiveArtDC’s “Drunkle Vanya.” Originally produced by New York’s Three Day Hangover, this party game meets play mixes together “Uncle Vanya,” Cards Against Humanity and shots of vodka. You can check it out through April 25.

Music: “Here Come The Sun” by Peter Breiner and His Chamber Orchestra


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