[Photo provided by Becky Robbins/BrightSide Theatre]
HOMAGE TO CHEKHOV
WHERE: Theatre at Meiley-Swallow Hall at North Central College, 31 S. Ellsworth St., Naperville
WHEN: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays to March 24
COST AND INFO: $30, $25 for students and seniors; www.brightsidetheatre.com, 630-447-TIXS (8497)
ABOUT: Rehearsing are Lisa Braatz (from left) of Naperville, Patty Kirin of Lyons and Stephen Smith of Evanston in the professional BrightSide Theatre's production of the Tony Award-winning best play "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike," a comedy by Christopher Durang inspired by Russian playwright Anton Chekhov. It is helmed by Artistic Director Jeffrey Cass. The cast also features Mary Nigohosian of Batavia, Brandon Torres of West Chicago and Alecia Pagnotta of Forest Park. Vanya and Sonia have never left the confines of their childhood home, while their sister Masha has been gallivanting around the world as a successful actress. A surprise visit from Masha and her hunky boy toy, Spike, throws the normally quiet household into utter upheaval as its residents and visitors get swept up in rivalry, regret, wild costume parties, voodoo dolls and the sudden possibility of escape. Three grown siblings. One hot mess.