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'Uncle Vanya': a comedy of bittersweet passion

November 21, 2003

Photo of Alex Stricker as Vanya, Eric Callero as Astrov, and Sarah Hunter as YelenaWhat do you get when a 19th century Russian literary giant collides with the contemporary American author of incendiary works like "Glengarry Glen Ross" and "Oleanna"? David Mamet's fast-moving, witty adaptation of Anton Chekhov's dark comedy "Uncle Vanya."

The Theatre Arts Department brings Mamet's adaptation to the stage Friday, Nov. 21, through Sunday, Dec. 7, in the Little Theatre of the Creative Arts building. Admission is $10 for the general public and $8 for students and seniors.

Directed by Mohammad Kowsar, professor of theatre arts, "Uncle Vanya" explores love and jealousy among disaffected Russian gentry in pre-revolution Russia. The story centers around the tensions created when Alexander Serebrakoff, a pretentious retired professor, marries the young and beautiful Yelena after the death of his first wife. They move back to the family estate managed by his brother-in-law Ivan (Vanya) Voitski. Both Vanya and Astrov, the local doctor, are captivated by Yelena. Mishaps and catastrophes result.

"Uncle Vanya" is presented through special arrangement with Samuel French Inc. David Mamet's adaptation is from an English translation by Vlada Chernomirdik.

Performances are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 21-22, and Thursday through Saturday, Dec. 4-6, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23, and Sunday, Dec. 7. For tickets, contact the Creative Arts box office at (415) 338-2467. Tickets are also available at the door one hour before each show.

-- William Morris
Photo: Jason Steinberg





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