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Theatre Macon ends season with play about family dynamics

“This is the closing show of our 29th season,” director Jim Crisp said in a recent interview. “I was looking for a great comedy to close the season. I wanted something new and that hadn’t been see before. I wanted something no one knew much about. “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” won the Tony Award for best new play two season ago in New York, and I have been waiting to produce it since.

“The author, Christopher Durang, has a quirky and offbeat sense of humor and looks at the world sideways and upside down and makes you look at the world differently, too. We are one of the first theaters in Georgia to do this play, despite the fact that it is currently one of the most produced plays across the country. It’s a great comedy and accessible to a wide audience. There is little language or subject matter that could be offensive to anyone.

“This play is something I know my audience will want to see. They will be delighted and charmed by these characters. It is a loving and witty homage to Chekov, but you do not have to know Chekov to know love and enjoy this play,” Crisp said. “One of the things that appeals to me is that this is about family and family relationships. It’s about people a little past their midlife trying to make sense of things. The Vanya character is such a rich character and his words will speak deeply and passionately to our audience about community, family, life and passion. He speaks to our deep longings as human beings and to our needs.

“The story is about a brother and adopted sister living together in a farm house for many years, taking care of their dying parents while their glamourous sister became a movie start in grade B horror films,” Crisp said. “When the starlet returns to her childhood home, with her Hollywood boy toy in tow, we are firmly planted in the country of comedy. This play is a delightful journey from beginning to end. I can absolutely guarantee the audience an unforgettable and enchanting evening in the theater with some characters they will love knowing and will remember fondly. This play will speak deeply to our audience about their own lives in a sweet and uplifting way.

“This play has a small cast. Tom Morris (Vanya) and September Carter (Masha), who have been part of this theater for more than 20 years, have extraordinary talents and they are sharing deeply from themselves. Relative newcomer, Gail Johnson (Sonia) distinguishes herself on stage as a standout talent. Kim Cooper (Cassandra) brings a delightful wit to her character. Clay Mote (Spike) is also relatively new to us, but he is absolutely ideal for the role. Lastly, Maggie Rogers (Nina) has been with us for several years, but is tremendously accomplished. This cast is an absolute pleasure to work with They are clearly having a great time creating this story together.”

"Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike"

When: 8 p.m. May 22-23, 29-30; 2:30 p.m. May 24; and 7:30 p.m. May 27-28

Where: Theatre Macon, 438 Cherry St.

Cost: $25 adults, $18 seniors (60+), $15 students (through age 22)

Information: 478-746-9485; www.theatremacon.com