Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Hartford Stage Switches Out Love & Other Fables for Vanya, Sonia, Masha & Spike

From the Broadway production of Vanya, Sonia, Masha & Spike: David Hyde Pierce, Sigourney Weaver, Kristine Nielsen, and Billy Magnussen. Photo: Carol Rosegg
Hartford Stage will postpone next spring’s Love and Other Fables and present instead the winner of the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike by Christopher Durang, according to Artistic Director Darko Tresnjak.
 
Durang’s laugh-out-loud comedy will play the exact same dates, beginning May 22, 2014, so subscribers will not need to exchange tickets. Individual ticket buyers for Love and Other Fables will be contacted by the Hartford Stage box office with the option of either seeing Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike or receiving a full refund.
 
Tony Award-winning director John Rando’s schedule next spring no longer permits him to direct Love and Other Fables, a project he has shepherded for two years. Hartford Stage hopes to present this new musical in a future season. Hartford Stage Associate Artistic Director Maxwell Williams will direct ‘Vanya.’
 
The toast of Broadway this year, ‘Vanya’ also earned the New York Drama Critics’ Circle, Drama League, and Drama Desk awards, all for best play of the season. 
 
Vanya creates a wildly funny farce about a self-absorbed movie star — with her 20-something boy-toy in tow — who returns to the family farmhouse to visit her brother and sister. Her arrival and subsequent announcement quickly turn this reunion into an outlandish blast of hilarity. You can read a review of the show in New York here:http://reflectionsinthelight.blogspot.com/2013/03/theater-review-vanya-and-sonia-and.html#.Up3FucRDuFs
 
For information, visit www.hartfordstage.org or call the Hartford Stage box office at (860) 527-5151.
 

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