Sonia and Vanya are siblings stalled in mid-life, believing that they will continue in the same, vaguely pleasant rut for the rest of their lives. This 2013 Tony award-winner borrow elements from several Chekhov plays, mainly Three Sisters, The Seagull and Uncle Vanya.
The family homestead in Pennsylvania is maintained by their vain, insecure sister Masha, a noted movie actress. The crisis hits early in the play: Masha has come home to break the bad news to her sister and brother that they will be out on the street as soon as she sells the farmhouse.
She has brought her young paramour, Spike to Bucks County, and dangles her love life in her family's faces throughout the play. Christopher Durang's wacky dynamics approach the level of burlesque, and his characterizations ("college professors who dabbled in community theater") could only be his creations.
Berkeley Rep's production stars (in order) Sharon Lockwood, Anthony Fusco, Lorri Holt and Mark Junek. Richard E. T. White directs.