818 South 2nd Street Minneapolis
Romantic entanglements upset life on a rural Russian estate in Chekhov's masterpiece of unrequited love, thwarted ambition and regret. At turns heartbreaking and hilarious, Uncle Vanya centers on a professor who moves back into his rural home with his new, young wife, disturbing the quiet lives of everyone in the household. This adaptation by Brian Friel (Faith Healer, Dancing at Lughnasa) was praised by the U.K.'s Telegraph, which noted that "Friel is often described as the 'Irish Chekhov' -- here that keen artistic kinship is unmissable." Modern audiences will recognize in this enduring play themes that still resonate, including economic upheaval, environmental concerns and relationship complications.
Thru - Oct 27, 2013
Show Type: Comedy/Drama
Box Office: 612-377-2224
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"...Director Joe Dowling chose to mount a production based on Irish playwright Brian Friel‘s translation and adaptation of Chekhov’s script. Friel’s version has often been lauded as making the play more accessible to contemporary, non-Russian audiences, as well as bringing out the comic aspects of the play, adding his own lines here and there, and, for example, turning what was originally a background character with minimal lines into the play’s main source of comic relief in the form of impoverished hanger-on Ilya “Waffles” Telegin (played by a delightfully deadpan Jim Lichtscheidl). Friel’s version also emphasizes some themes that feel particularly relevant to today’s political and social situation — climate change, upper-class privilege, and unemployment, for example."
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