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'Vanya and Sonia' at Goodman: Borrowing from Chekhov

'Vanya and Sonia' at Goodman: Borrowing from Chekhov

"I'm starting to look a lot like Uncle Vanya," said Christopher Durang. And indeed, he does resemble the Chekhovian antihero. He has the beard and the grumbly demeanor. Heck, he even lives in Bucks County, Pa., On a hill. On a farm. If, like me, you've always thought of the Tony-winning playwright Durang as an insouciant young urban pup, a caustic Ivy League neo-absurdist in stripy ties who satirized shrinks in "Beyond Therapy," Catholicism in "Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for You" and the raising of kids in "Baby With the Bathwater," then this comes as something of a shock. You think of Durang at Elaine's on Manhattan's...