PREVIEW-(sub)Text#5: Chekhov’s “Uncle Vanya”

ChekhovWes Alwan is joined by actress, podcaster, and educator Monica McCarthy to discuss Anton Chekhov’s 1898 play about family dysfunction and potentially wasting your life. Monica draws on her theater experience to talk about method acting and what makes for a good Chekhov performance.

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  1. Regarding the humor in Uncle Vanya, Tuta Theater in Chicago did a great production a while back that really captured the comical side of the play. I highly recommend this clip as an illustration: I recently saw a fancier, more prestigious (and more somber) production of Uncle Vanya with Richard Nelson in New York, but frankly I preferred the goofier Tuta Theater version I saw back in Chicago.

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