By Aaron Posner (Stupid F*cking Bird), Sort-of-adapted from Uncle Vanya by Anton Chekhov; Directed by Brian Katz.
In this brash reworking of Chekhov's Uncle Vanya, a group of old friends, ex-lovers, estranged in-laws, and lifelong enemies gather to grapple with life's thorniest questions--and each other. What could possibly go wrong? Incurably lustful and lonely, hapless and hopeful, these seven souls collide and stumble their way towards a new understanding that Life Sucks! Or does it? Posner's follow-up to his Stupid F*cking Bird (seen at SF Playhouse) is Mel Brooks meets Chekhov: lowbrow, dirty, passionate, and unexpectedly tender.
Aaron Posner is a master of adaptation, from Chaim Potok’s “My Name is Asher Lev” to Chekhov’s “The Seagull” (which Posner renamed “Stupid F*ucking Bird” and which is hilarious). He returned to the Russian playwright for this one, a re-imagined “Uncle Vanya,” directed for Custom Made Theatre by Artistic Director Brian Katz. When family and friends gather at a country estate, their yearnings and heartaches can make you laugh and cry.