“The script is extremely well written,” added director Doug Lloyd, who staged the local premiere of “Eating Raoul” earlier this season for BCT. “The characters are funny and each one is flawed in their own quirky way. Although they are flawed, each one grows in enormous ways by the end of the show. You can’t help but love them. This is a hilarious show with a lot of heart.”
"I couldn't stop laughing the first time I read the script," echoed Ryan Petrie, fully prepared to strip down for the majority of the play as the uninhibitedly sexual Spike. "I grew up on a lake so I was always shirtless. I've become desensitized to other people seeing me in very little to no clothes. I'm definitely not shy."
The cast includes Debra Kent as Sonia, Cassandra Engber as Masha, Cassidy Manley as Nina, and Erin McGee as Cassandra. Chris Harmon notably provides scenic design.
In addition, Durang pays homage to the sensibilities of Russian playwright Anton Chekhov (1860-1904). In fact, the names Vanya and Sonia are taken from “Uncle Vanya,” Masha from “Three Sisters,” and Nina from “The Seagull.” Also, Masha, a self-absorbed actress, is colorfully akin to Arkadina in “The Seagull.”
"I love the Chekhov references and themes that run throughout the play," said Kent who recently staged the local premiere of "Luna Gale" for Dayton Theatre Guild. "Vanya is resistant to change, Sonia lives with a great deal of regret, and Masha worries about getting older and keeping up with a world that is moving too fast. What resonates for me is the loneliness of the two sisters and brother, and how they've blamed others, and each other, for their non-accomplishments and unhappiness through the years. It's not occurred to them all these years that they are responsible for their own happiness, and that state of mind is entirely up to the individual. (This play) is funny in a quiet way, but can still pull a huge laugh from the audience."
Durang’s works include “Betty’s Summer Vacation,” “Beyond Therapy,” “The Marriage of Bette and Boo,” and “Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge.”
WANT TO GO?
What: "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike"
Where: The Lofino Center, 3868 Dayton-Xenia Rd, Beavercreek
When: April 27-May 7; 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays
Cost: $15 for adults; $12 for students and seniors
Tickets: Call (937) 429-4737, e-mail email@example.com or visit online at www.bctheatre.org/tickets
FYI: Patrons are advised the show contains adult themes and language