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Posted: Friday, August 22, 2014 1:22 am | Updated: 1:28 am, Fri Aug 22, 2014.

Arizona Theatre Company opens the 2014-15 season with the Arizona premiere of the hilarious comedy of ill manners, the 2013 Tony Award winner for Best Play, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, from Sept. 13 to Oct. 4 at the Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave. in Tucson.

The show is directed by Joel Sass, the force behind ATC’s critically acclaimed production of The 39 Steps. The 2014-15 season is sponsored by I. Michael and Beth Kasser and opening night in Tucson is sponsored by Downtown Kitchen + Cocktails. 

In Christopher Durang’s “all out-smash” (Talkin’ Broadway), Vanya and his adopted sister Sonia are living a quiet life in the Pennsylvania farmhouse where they grew up, while their sister Masha travels the world as a movie star.  Just as their cleaning woman, Cassandra, issues a warning about terrible events in their future, Masha returns for an unannounced visit with her 20-something boy toy Spike in tow – and so begins an unforgettable weekend building to a fever pitch of rivalry, regret and racket. Mixing Chekhov shout-outs with contemporary cringe-worthy flair, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike is a delightfully off-kilter season-opening romp that critics have hailed "a sublime state of hilarity" and "a zany joy!"

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike is among the funniest plays to pass our way in a long time,” Arthur Dorman wrote on Talkin’ Broadway Minneapolis.  “That it carries with it a tender heart and has been mounted in a sparkling production makes it a show not to be missed.”

            Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike contains strong language. Total running time is 2 hours, 30 minutes including intermission.  This production was produced in association with the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis.

            Single tickets go on sale beginning Aug. 25.  Ticket prices range from $32 to $67. 

Season-ticket packages range from $87 to $372 depending upon the package and seat selection.  Pick-Your-Play packages of three, four or five plays also are available as is the Flexpass that includes four tickets to any play in the regular season on any day, in any combination.

Season subscriber benefits include discounts on additional tickets, priority seating and up to 50 percent off regular box office prices, among others.

For more information in Tucson, call (520) 622-2823 and in Phoenix call (602) 256-6995.  For complete information, visit http://www.arizonatheatre.org" target="_blank">www.arizonatheatre.org.

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

By Christopher Durang

Directed by Joel Sass

Tucson: Sept. 13 to Oct. 4, 2014

Tickets for Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike start at $32 and are subject to change depending on time, date and section, and are available at http://cl.s4.exct.net/?qs=6ce05045a139328ec6a36a9e6fc1c70a74e29072407c8bd8a1900590c32c4b7d" target="_blank">www.arizonatheatre.org or by calling the box office at (520) 622-2823.  Discounts are available for seniors and active military.  A $10 student ticket pricing is now available for all performances.  Half-price rush tickets are available for balcony seating for all performances one hour prior to curtain at the ATC box office (subject to availability).  Pay What You Can is Sept. 16 at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets for this performance are available for a suggested $10 donation. (Tickets must be purchased at the Temple of Music and Art starting one hour prior to curtain. Tickets are first-come first served.  Cash only. Two tickets maximum per person.) For discounts for groups of 10 or more, call (520) 622-2823

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