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Tony Award-winning Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike runs through Feb. 13

 

Mary Poppins may have been for the kids but this one is for the adults! This winner of the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play draws on themes from classical literature—especially Chekov—to delight any theatergoer who appreciates the absurd. The story revolves around the relationships of three middle-aged siblings. Vanya and Sonia live quietly together until their successful actor sister Masha visits with her much younger boyfriend Spike in tow.

“He (Christopher Durang) balances heartfelt themes of feeling forgotten and wasted years with hilarious guffaws, and it all works,” wrote Heather Nadolny in her Broadway World review.

Karen McCarty directs with the assistance of Loriann Schmidt. The cast includes Claire Clubb, Julianna Gibbons, Ty Hendrix, Lyndsey Houser, Jeff Sanders and Julia Sjakovs.

Performance dates and times:
Evening performances are at 7:30 p.m., Jan. 22-23, Jan. 28-30, Feb. 3-6 and Feb. 10-13.
Sunday matinee performances are at 2 p.m., Jan. 24, Jan. 31 and Feb. 7.

Ticket prices:
Tickets cost $20 for weekday performances and $21 for weekend shows; seniors, students, active military and Pentacle Theatre members receive a $1.50 discount. There is an additional $2 fee on opening night for the catered post-show party. Advance tickets are available online at pentacletheatre.org, at the downtown Salem ticket office at 145 Liberty St. NE, or by calling 503 485 4300.

Tickets for low-income persons:
In partnership with Salem for All, Pentacle Theatre offers two-for-one tickets to Oregon Trail Card holders. For information, go to salemforall.org.

Audience advisory:
At this time, the Pentacle recommends this production for high school age and up. Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike contains mature content, sexual innuendo, strong adult language, and moments with scantily clad performers.

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