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Review: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

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Ashley Dillard (left), Jen Johansen and Charles Goad in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike at Phoenix Theatre. - ZACH ROSING
  • Zach Rosing
  • Ashley Dillard (left), Jen Johansen and Charles Goad in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike at Phoenix Theatre.

Christopher Durang's Tony Award winning play has an irreverent reverence for Chekhov's comedic dramas. When Vanya and Sonia's movie-star sister, Masha, returns home, the siblings face epic identity crises. The ensemble latches onto Durang's stylistic humor in roles reminiscent of Checkhov's humanistic characters.

As the static Vanya and Sonia, Charles Goad and Diane Kondrat are dynamic. But it's Jen Johansen's Masha that captivates. Johansen inhabits the fading starlet fully, giving the comedic performance of her career.

Still, in the end, the play feels incomplete, as actors struggle to mine for more than just funny moments.

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