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December 15, 2015                                                                                       


Christopher Durang’s Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike opens Jan. 22 at Pentacle Theatre


Pentacle Theatre opens Christopher Durang’s Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, on Friday, Jan. 22, for a run that ends February 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 who 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, 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

Audience advisory: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike is recommended for ages 13 and older; contains mature language and sexuality.

Pentacle Theatre is Salem’s premier community theater celebrating 62 years of professional-quality productions in an intimate setting. Pentacle Theatre encourages actors of all abilities and ethnic backgrounds to participate in its productions.