It’s Chekhov without the birch trees. After taking aim at The Seagull with his “explosive” Stupid F*cking Bird, Aaron Posner is back with an irreverent contemporary remix of Uncle Vanya. Egos clash, hearts hunger, and souls cry out for meaning in this raw and hilarious reimagining of Chekhov’s timeless classic, receiving its New York premiere by the red-hot Wheelhouse Theater Company.
Life is beautiful.
And LIFE SUCKS.”
The Acorn @ Theatre Row - 410 W. 42nd St, NY, NY 10036
Mark Van Hare
Assistant Stage Manager:
LIFE SUCKS. IS A New York TIMES CRITIC'S PICK!
“Bitingly funny and unexpectedly touching…. “The characters and basic plot will be familiar to “Uncle Vanya” fiends. But at the same time, “Life Sucks.” will be familiar to just about anybody. Chekhov’s play has transcended the centuries because it is about timeless concerns: how hard it is to communicate with others, the vagaries — and unfairness — of love, the idea that life is something you must simultaneously endure and make the most of. And underneath the fourth-wall-breaking jokes and contemporary references, Mr. Posner has preserved those elements. He understands full well that there is no date stamp on feeling stranded between regrets and hopes, between fancy dreams and the banality of existence.” - Elisabeth Vincentelli, THE NEW YORK TIMES
"In 2018, Wheelhouse Theater Company staged one of the best plays of the year, a no-holds-barred version of Kurt Vonnegut’s Happy Birthday, Wanda June. The New York City troupe has now delivered one of the best plays of 2019, Aaron Posner’s outrageously funny, irreverent reimagining of Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya titled Life Sucks." - THIS WEEK IN NEW YORK
"Watch Austin Pendleton own the stage. Even his silence dominates. Every expression on his face is a gem worth watching. He is all there, all the time. He dominates the production. His acting is a masterpiece. You may never get to see another that equals it in your lifetime." - THEATERPIZZAZZ.COM
"Having the cast precisely arranged in a The Usual Suspects-style lineup for a few funny confessional vignettes is one of many cool visual flourishes director Jeff Wise achieves with his charged staging. That the flawless ensemble is so easygoing and seamlessly connected is a testament to Mr. Wise’s great skills…. Wise succeeds at maintaining momentum while mining all of the comedy and emphasizing the reflectiveness." - THEATERSCENE.NET