TV's Orson Bean stars as Professor Serebyakov in Uncle Vanya, playing April 21-May 21 at the MET Theatre in Los Angeles. Bruce Katzman directs the Classical Theatre Lab production.
In Anton Chekhov's popular comic drama, a retired professor, his bored young wife, love sick daughter, depressed brother and the drunken family doctor all search for happiness in their absurd little lives. Uncle Vanya was recently revived on Broadway with Derek Jacobi in the title role.
Bean is recognizable for numerous television and film appearances including a featured roles in "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman," "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman," The Facts of Life" and a SAG Award-nominated turn as the perverted 105 year old boss in "Being John Malkovitch." He is currently nominated for an L.A. Weekly Award for his performance in The Scarecrow.
Joining him in Uncle Vanya are Weston Blakesly (Vanya), Barbara Bragg, Elizabeth Karr (The Scarecrow), Alexander Wells, Sara Shearer, Nancy Jeris and Kevin McCarty.
Tickets are $15. The MET Theatre is located at 1089 North Oxford Avenue in Hollywood. For reservations, call (323) 957-1152. — By Christine Ehren