Adapted by David Mamet from a translation by Vlada Chernornirdik. In this classic of Chekhov’s canon, an overbearing professor pays a visit to his country estate, where Sonya and Vanya, his daughter and former brother-in-law, have slaved to maintain his wealth. But Vanya is enchanted by the professor’s new wife, while Sonya has fallen for the town’s melancholy doctor. Includes a conversation with Rosamund Bartlett, author of Chekhov: Scenes from a Life. An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance starring:
- Josh Radnor, as Astrov
- Stacy Keach, as Vanya
- Holley Fain, as Yelena
- Anna Mathias, as Marina
- Jennifer Bassey, as Mariya
- J. D. Cullum, as Telegin
- Martin Jarvis, as Professor Serebryakov
- Devon Sorvari, as Sonya
Directed by Rosalind Ayres. Recorded by L.A. Theatre Works before a live audience.
Poor American soap
It's unfortunate that it sounds like a low budget American tv melodrama... it's distracting, and whether or not this is a style they have chosen It is at the expense of the story.
As someone trying to educate themselves on the classics, I really appreciate these recordings of actual stage plays. When you have different actors playing different characters these older plays are so much easier to follow, and I enjoy the atmosphere that you can get from the slight echo of the theatre and the audience laughing along. The interview at the end was also very interesting, and gave context to the play with Chekhov’s life. As usual with these older plays, I don’t find the story riveting, but a production like this certainly makes it more accessible and brings it to life!