Wendie Malick

Center Stage presents Baltimore premiere of 'Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike'

Center Stage presents Baltimore premiere of 'Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike'

Nothing like a hefty bout of Chekhovian depression to lift the spirits.

You can't help but feel better after spending time with "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike," the 2013 Tony Award-winning comedy by Christopher Durang currently receiving a snappy Baltimore premiere at Center Stage.

Filled with Chekhov references, this tale of three siblings and a stud might try a little too hard and might apply some of its humor with the subtlety of a hammer and sickle. But Durang's clever concoction — a sort of extended, sometimes heady sitcom — entertains consistently.

More than that, it scores worthwhile, if familiar, points about personal and family values, dreams and...

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