Annie Baker, one of the most celebrated playwrights in the United States, lends her truthful observation and elegant command of the colloquial to Anton Chekhov's despairing masterpiece Uncle Vanya. A critical hit in its sold-out Off-Broadway premiere, Baker's telling is a refreshingly intimate and modern treatment of a Chekhovian classic.
"More than a modern-dress treatment of a classic work, it's a fresh rethinking of the material from the perspective of a modern mind. " —Marilyn Stasio, Variety
"Strikingly intimate. .. Free of the stilted or formal locutions that clutter up some of the more antique-sounding translations. .. Ms. Baker has given the play a natural but distinctly contemporary American sound. " —Charles Isherwood, New York Times
"Devastatingly beautiful. .. People are going to be talking about this one for years. " —Jacob Gallagher-Ross, Village Voice
"Superior to any other Uncle Vanya I've read or seen. .. Baker practices astonishing verbal magic over and over again. " —Clancy Martin, Paris Review