Vanya:

She’s my friend.

Astrov:

Already?

Vanya:

What does “already”- mean?

Astrov:

A woman is a man’s friend only in the following order: first an acquaintance, then a

lover, then a friend.

New Saloon last week performed Act I and Act II of a mashup of three translations of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya at the Invisible Dog Theater.  I was fortunate enough to drop in on their dress rehearsal and take some show photos for them.  This play is one of my favorites, by one of my favorite playwrights.

 

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Sonya:

Tell me, Mikhail Lvovich… If I had a friend or a younger sister, and if you knew that she…well, let’s suppose that she were in love with you, how would you respond?

ASTROV

(shrugs his shoulders)

I don’t know. I wouldn’t probably. I’d let her know that I couldn’t fall in love with her… and that anyway, I have other things on my mind.