Soho Rep's Uncle Vanya, With Reed Birney, Maria Dizzia and Michael Shannon, Sells Out Summer Run
By Adam Hetrick
Soho Rep's acclaimed, intimate staging of Uncle Vanya, adapted by Circle Mirror Transformation playwright Annie Baker, has sold-out all performances of its second extension through Aug. 26.
The in-the-round production opened to critical acclaim June 17 under the direction of Sam Gold (Circle Mirror…, The Aliens). Soho Rep recently extended the run for a second time through Aug. 26.
A representative confirmed the run is sold-out, although a limited number of $150 tickets are available for the Aug. 25 7:30 PM benefit performance.
Gold's concept for Uncle Vanya places the audience and the cast together inside an A-frame house constructed within Soho Rep's home. Most of the theatregoers are seated on carpeted risers sitting cross-legged.
Reed Birney (Circle Mirror..., Blasted) stars in the title role of the Soho Rep staging, with Tony Award nominee Maria Dizzia (In the Next Room, Eurydice, Belleville) as Yelena; Georgia Engel (The Drowsy Chaperone, Middletown, "The Mary Tyler Moore Show") as Marina; Tony nominee Peter Friedman (Circle Mirror Transformation, Ragtime) as Serebryakov; Academy Award nominee Michael Shannon ("Revolutionary Road," "Boardwalk Empire," Mistakes Were Made) as Astrov; Matthew Maher (Orange, Hat & Grace) as Telegin; Paul Thureen (Buddy Cop 2) as Yefim; Roberta Maxwell (Equus, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie) as Maria and Merritt Wever (The Illusion) as Sonya.
Baker also designed costumes for Vanya, which has set design by Andrew Lieberman, costume design by Baker, lighting design by Mark Barton and sound design by Matt Tierney.
Baker earned an Obie Award for her Off-Broadway hit Circle Mirror Transformation. Her plays also include The Aliens and Body Awareness. Playwrights Horizons will produce her newest play, The Flick, in 2013.
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