Live theater has always been and continues to be one of the purest, most incredible forms of entertainment and human interaction around the world. For centuries people have been flocking to the stage to experience the power and wonder of live performance. With the advent of Broadway and the advances in the theatrical world, there has never been a better time to be a lover of the live performance. Here in LaGrange, the Lafayette Society of Performing Arts (LSPA) has brought a new award winning play to the stage and over the course of the past two weekends it has attracted large crowds and brought about incredible performances.
Jeff Sargent has taken on the directing role for Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, making this over 10 plays that he has directed since the inception of LSPA. The Lafayette Theater Company, the group producing the play, was formed under the umbrella of LSPA and has produced some incredible quality plays over the years. Speaking on this play, Sargent stated that this one involves family dysfunction; late middle age people facing crossroads in their life. It is a play that is very funny and cleverly written. Sargent guarantees that audiences will laugh and that they will take away a deep comfort and warmth from a show such as this.
The following information comes from LSPA on their showings of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike: “The Lafayette Theatre Company opened with Christopher Durang’s Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike on January 25th. Winner of the 2013 Tony Award® for Best Play, this production promises to provide hilarious entertainment for adult audiences in LTC’s unique picnic-style theatre setting.
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike is one of the most lauded and beloved Broadway plays of recent years. Vanya and his adopted sister Sonia live a quiet life in the Pennsylvania farmhouse where they grew up, but their peace is disturbed when their movie star sister Masha returns, unannounced, with her twenty -something “boy toy,” Spike. A weekend of rivalry, regret, and raucousness begins. This play does contain mature content and language and may be inappropriate for younger audiences.
The show’s director, Jeff Sargent, shares “I fell in love with this show several years ago when I saw it performed by the Orlando Shakespeare Theatre. Having read a lot of Durang, I think this is his best work. Durang writing puts the ‘fun’ in family dysfunctional.”
The Lafayette Theatre Company’s Black Box Picnic Theatre allows guests to provide their own food and drinks for a meal before and during the show. A cash bar is also available prior to the start of the show and during intermission. Kimberly-Clark, Duracell, and PediatricsAssociates of LaGrange, P.C. generously sponsor Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.
Show times are 7:30pm on February 2nd, and 3rd. The house opens one hour before the show begins, so that guests can have time to enjoy their meal prior to the show. Individual tickets are $17 for adults and $12 for students, with season tickets also available. Reserved seating is available for Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike and tickets can be purchased online at LSPARTS.org, by visiting the LSPA offices at 214 Bull Street in downtown LaGrange, or by calling 706-882-9909.”