Wheelhouse Theater Company’s production of Life Sucks. opened Off-Broadway June 16 at the Acorn Theater at Theatre Row. Aaron Posner’s “sort of” adaptation of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya, which played an engagement at The Wild Project earlier this year, is back for a limited run through September 1.
Directed by Jeffrey Wise, the play follows a group of old friends, ex-lovers, estranged in-laws, and lifelong enemies who gather to grapple with life’s thorniest questions—and each other.
Life Sucks. stars Kevin Isola as Vanya, Nadia Bowers as Ella, Kimberly Chatterjee as Sonia, Barbara Kingsley as Babs, Stacey Linnartz as Pickles, Tony Award nominee Austin Pendleton as The Professor, and Michael Schantz as Dr. Aster.
Flip through photos of opening night below:
Photos: Go Inside Opening Night of Life Sucks. Off-Broadway
Wheelhouse’s production features scenic design by Brittany Vasta, costumes by Christopher Metzger, lighting by Drew Florida, sound design by Mark Van Hare, and prop design by Deb Gaouette. The production stage manager is Caitlin O’Rouke, and the executive producer/general manager is Visceral Entertainment (Michael Chase Gosselin and Tim Sulka).
Life Sucks. was first produced by Theater J at the Aaron and Cecile Goldman Theater in Washington, D.C.