The Everyman Repertory Theatre presents: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike at the Camden Opera House

Five things to know about the play with the underpants

Show runs Sept 13, 14, 19, 20, 21
Wed, 09/10/2014 - 10:45am

    CAMDEN—The poster is hard to miss. Depicting a pair or old-school piped undies, the kind boys wore in middle-school, the poster has been plastered around various parts of the Midcoast. The poster is an advertisement for the comedy Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, a stage production from the Everyman Repertory Theatre at the Camden Opera House, that debuted Sept. 6.

    The show, written by Christopher Durang, produced by Keith Mackenzie and directed by directed by Paul Hodgson, revolves around three middle-aged single siblings, two of whom live together (Vanya and Sonia), when the third (Masha) comes to visit with her much younger boy toy, Spike.The play revolves around themes of lust, rivalry, regret, and the sudden possibility of escape.

    We asked Hodgson some questions about the upcoming show and here are five things to know about Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,

    1. What’s with the poster?

    Rafi Baeza designed it. You’d have to come to the show or else I’d be giving much too much away about the underpants are about. I told Rafi about the themes behind the play and that’s the poster he came up with. It’s bang on.

    2. Is this a play about Russian immigrants?

    No, these characters had professors as parents who designed to name all of the kids after the works of Anton Chekov.

    3. What’s the gist of this play your own words?

    The play is about two sisters and a brother and the younger sister and brother were left at home to look after their parents who have Alzheimer’s and died. The oldest sister went off and became an internationally famous movie star. She comes home occasionally to visit them. This is is one of those occasions when she turns up with her boy toy, Spike and the adventures start there.

    4. What kind of audience will appreciate this play?

    The play works on a lot of different levels. It was written by a guy in his late 50s who looks back on his past with some fondness and reality and looking at the future and getting a little pissed off about it as well. David Troup gives a speech about Twitter, Facebook and video games and compares them to shows and films that were popular in the 1950s like Old Yeller and I Love Lucy. Let me say this, Twitter, Facebook and video games don’t come out on top in that speech. In some ways it plays to an older audience, but there are a lot of contemporary references as well as two with-it young characters.

    Has this show ever been produced in Maine before?

    No, this play won the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play. It was a huge hit on Broadway. We’re just the first company to do it in Maine.

    The rest of the show’s dates are on Sept. 13, 14, 19, 20, 21 with a Q & A session with the cast and crew on Sunday, Sept. 14. Evening performances are at 7 p.m, with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.

    Tickets are $25, or $20 if purchased in advance. Student tickets are available at $10. Tickets are available at, by calling 207.236.0173, as well as at the following retail venues: Owl and Turtle and HAVII in Camden, the Reading Corner, Rockland, and Bella Books, Belfast.

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