Opening Night: Just two shows of Chekhovian comedy from Homecoming Players

The Homecoming Players say “theatergoers will recognize the existential dilemmas (and the names) of characters Vanya and Sonia and Masha from the plays of Anton Chekhov” in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, the Christopher Durang comedy that opens this Monday.

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike opens tomorrow night!

The second production of the Homecoming Players’ fifth season runs on just two nights, Monday, March 20th and Monday, March 27th at the Kitchen Theatre on West State Street, with showtimes at 7:30pm.

Vanya and his adopted sister, Sonia, we’re told, live a quiet life in the Pennsylvania farmhouse where they grew up, but their peace is disturbed when their movie-star sister Masha returns unannounced with her twenty-something boy toy, Spike. A weekend of rivalry, regret, and raucousness begins, in this play that won the 2013 Tony and Outer Circle Critics Awards for Best Play.

This month’s cast features Marissa Accordino, Judith Andrew, Arthur Bicknell, Rachel Hockett, Scott Rougeau, and Kristin Sad, with Melanie Uhlir narrating. David Kossack directs.

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike is part of the Kitchen Theatre’s Kitchen Sink series: It’s not produced by the Kitchen Theatre Company, but is part of a program funded by CFCU Community Credit Union that enables smaller theatre companies to put on productions throughout the year when the theatre isn’t being used for Kitchen productions. “For an itinerant company like ours, a steady artistic home like the Kitchen is a tremendous boon,” Homecoming Players co-founder Hockett says. “We pay a reasonable rental fee to KTC for one dress/tech rehearsal, plus two performances, and KTC artistic interns stage- and house-manage our shows.”

General admission tickets are $18, and are available at the door 30 minutes before curtain, by calling 607-272-0570, or online at

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