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Old resentments, comedy flare in UWS performances

University of Wisconsin-Superior students Tygen Lundgren, top left, Savannah Kaufenberg, Zachary Palmer and Anissa Peppersack help tell the story of ageing siblings dealing with past resentments in the Christopher Durang comedy “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.” Courtesy photo

University of Wisconsin-Superior Theatre presents the comedy "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike" in the Manion Theatre, in Holden Fine and Applied Arts, 1805 Catlin Ave.

Performances, directed by UWS theater professor Cathy Fank, are Nov. 9, 10, 16 and 17 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 11 and 18 at 2 p.m.

Written by Christopher Durang, "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike," which won the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play, follows aging siblings who share a home where they bicker and complain. When their movie-star sister comes to town with her boy-toy, old resentments flare and so does the comedy.

"I read the first 20 pages of the script and decided this was it," Fank said. "The characters are very realistic, but slightly skewed. I hope the audience will find moments of reflection of their own lives and their own past," Fank said.

Tickets are $15 for adults; $10 for seniors and non-UWS students; $5 for students with a valid UWS ID; and $5 for groups of 10 or more. Tickets may be purchased at the box office in the Holden Fine and Applied Arts Center at UWS.

Reservations can be made at 715-394-8380. For immediate assistance, call the Department of Communicating Arts at 715-394-8369.

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