Providence Players End 19th Season with ‘Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike’ Saturday – Virginia News

Providence Players End 19th Season with ‘Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike’ Saturday –  Virginia News

LENDING HER HAND to an aspiring performer is Masha (Connie Shabshab, left) to a young Nina (Lindsey Doane) while Spike (Ari Post, back left) and Masha’s brother, Vanya (Christian Faulkner) look on with skepticism. (Photo: Chris Gertzog/Providence Players)

It’s no wonder that “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” won the Tony for Best Play in 2013.

It’s a marvelous choice for the last show of this season’s productions by the Providence Players of Fairfax who present the (strictly) adult family comedy laced with seriousness, too.

Imagine three middle-aged siblings who don’t always get along, and until the first coffee cup is thrown on the pot, the dialogue is dull like a decaffeinated morning brew.

Two characters are recluses. A brother, Vanya (Christian Faulkner) and sister, Sonia (Jayne Victor) have whittled their lives away taking care of ill parents (now deceased) in a house bought and paid for by their movie star sister, Masha (Connie Shabshab).

Masha’s gone on to bigger and better things and isn’t afraid to remind her siblings. That includes five former husbands and her latest addition to that collection who arrives with her for a visit home – Spike (Ari Post), a 20-something who loves to show off his physical prowess, gallivanting around the stage half-naked like a frog on espresso.

Meanwhile, dour and negative Sonia (who in real life is the Players’ board president) sinks into the brown chair which amplifies her personality but also conceals the quiet rage underneath.

Jimmy Gertzog’s directing skills are impressive as he fleshes out each characters personality with a deft touch. From…

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