A family reunion goes awry when ‘the star’ returns

Marathon Community Theater continues the laughs with the second show of the season — the zany Broadway comedy “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” winner of the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play. Written by Christopher Durang and directed by Devin Clarke, the play opens on Thursday, Jan. 14 and runs weekends through Saturday, Feb. 6 

The story centers on Vanya and his sister, Sonia, who tolerate the mediocrity of their middle-aged lives in Bucks County, PA, until their movie-star sister Masha returns for a visit that shakes things up. With her boy-toy Spike in tow, Masha incites a madcap family reunion complete with all the comic genius that only Christopher Durang can deliver.

“We’re excited to perform Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, a hilarious mash-up of themes and characters from Chekhov’s plays,” said Shawn Gabriel Pierson, Marathon Community Theater’s general manager. “This savvy comedy about a family reunion gone awry will hit a funny bone with everyone as they recognize their own family dynamics (as well as themselves!) in the story.”

Christopher Durang is a widely produced contemporary American playwright. He has received multiple Obies and a 2013 Tony Award winner for Best Play for this work, among many other accolades. Durang is the recipient of the 2012 PEN Master American Dramatist Award and a 2013 inductee to the Theater Hall of Fame.

Curtain is at 8 p.m. Buy tickets ($20) by calling the box office at 305-743-0994 or visiting www.marathontheater.org. Marathon Community Theatre is located at 5101 Overseas Highway in Marathon.

“A witty play with a huge pop culture appetite…Durang’s genius is the ability to write highbrow and low at the same time.” — The Huffington Post

Sarah Birgnac, left, Cathy Supp, Sally Punch, Chance Ruder, Rita Irwin (sitting on the lap of Ruder) and Jim ‘Boomer’ Kelly star in ‘Vasha.’ The play opens on Thursday, Jan. 14. SYDNEY SCHUHMACHER/Keys Weekly

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