Vanya and Sonya and Masha and Spike marks my final reading assignment for the semester (and my undergraduate career). Hooray! This is a very strange feeling, but I’m happy to say we ended things on a high note.
This play debuted on Broadway just last year and won the Tony Award for Best Play. It’s not at all like The Marriage of Bette and Boo; rather, it’s a more conventional comedy centered around three siblings who were named for Chekov characters. Vanya and Sonia live together and are visited by their sister, Masha, a famous actress, and her young boyfriend, Spike. Together, the form a rather dysfunctional, attention-seeking ensemble, but despite their faults, they’re still a compelling group.
Personally, I think my favorite character was Cassandra, the siblings’ maid/psychic. She has several scene-stealing monologues that I really enjoyed. Also, if you’re a fan of Maggie Smith (which I certainly am), there are many mentions of her that will hopefully make you as happy as they made me.
All in all, it’s been a good semester. I must say, having read 46 books and plays by the second week of May has been a pretty great accomplishment. Here’s to a summer full of reading whatever I want!