The Red Monkey team did an outstanding job of converting this former lounge space into an impressive theater-in-the-round with a brand new stage, theatrical lighting, and a good sound system. If the set for Uncle Vanya, designed by Ms. Fuchs, is an indication of the level of artistic excellence to come from future productions, we're in for a treat.
What made this inaugural production such a delight was the perfect cast -- David Wetter was terrific as Aleksandr, the retired professor at whose country estate the play takes place; the captivating Rebekah Madebach as his young wife Yelena was a joy to watch from beginning to end; Alice Rothman-Hicks brought a genuine sensitivity to the part of the youthful Sonya; Denny Desmarais was excellent as the doctor Mikhail; and Derek Tarson was equal parts funny, heartwarming, explosive, and gutwrenching as Vanya. The remainder of the cast all had their moments to shine and delivered on all counts -- Nancy Rich as Maman, Osnat Laske Greenbaum as the nanny Marina, and Brad Crownover as the delightful Waffles.
I hope the Red Monkey troupe have a long stay in their new home. It seems to be the perfect fit for them. The performance I attended was almost sold-out, so I hope that continues and many more people discover this excellent theater group and their unique, high-quality brand of live entertainment.
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