People are Talking About…Uncle Vanya
Posted: 3/24/10 -- 5:46 pm
by Sara Billmann
The Maly Drama Theater’s production of Uncle Vanya will run through Sunday. If you leave a comment, come back to see if others respond to it over the course of the weekend.
What did you think about the production? We’ve been talking a lot about Uncle Vanya at UMS — here are some questions that we’ve had:
- Is it better to be awakened to “reality”, or leave illusions intact?
- Which character has the best “grip” on reality and why?
- Is anyone better off at the end?
- Is it right to work only for work’s sake?
- Is our/their only hope in the afterlife? Is it too late to change the present?
- Are there any characters in the play who are content with life as it is?
- Which character (or characters) do you admire or feel sympathy for?
- Which character is the least admirable?
- Is Vanya more upset with himself or more upset with the egotistical professor?
- Sonya, who works hard to maintain the failing estate, seems a commendable young lady. Why does Dr. Astrov reject her? Why doesn’t she strike out on her own?
- Did Vanya really mean to murder the professor, or did he deliberately botch the attempt?
- How is Uncle Vanya still relevant in 2010?
Sara Billmann has served as UMS's Director of Marketing & Communications since 1996. A former UMS intern, she celebrates her 20th UMS season this year.