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Annette Funicello
Review: 'Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike' at Taper is a winner
Review: 'Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike' at Taper is a winner

Rarely has middle-aged despair over dashed dreams and squandered hopes been put to more hilarious effect than in "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike," Christopher Durang's giddy farce on Chekhovian themes that won the Tony for best play last year. The show, directed by David Hyde Pierce following Nicholas Martin's Broadway staging, opened at the Mark Taper Forum on Sunday in tiptop shape. Indeed, you can mark this down as a shimmering example of an out-of-town production improving the touted original. The secret to the Taper's success is the casting of Christine Ebersole in the role of Masha, the aging diva actress who returns to her family homestead in boring...

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