Uncle Vanya


  • John Basset Theatre 255 Front Street West Toronto, ON, M5V 2W6 Canada

The classic tale is a story of characters caught between tradition and transformation, personal isolation and communal action, the lure of love and the security of duty. By turns hilarious and heartbreaking, Chekhov’s masterpiece lays bare the characters’ passions, hopes, and desires with warmth and poignancy. Chekhov’s work is set in 19th-century Russia but remains relevant today as a deeply human story of dashed dreams, thwarted love, and eternal longing.

This production preserves every word of Chekhov’s text but doesn’t look or sound as you’d expect. Done in the style of Russian director Vsevolod Meyerhold, who evolved a system of acting based on physical expression, it’s a mix of words, music, and mime.

June 24
Cascades