Take one part Chekhov, two parts drinking game, one part party, add a dash of improv, and you’ve got a recipe for fun, boozy theatre in a bar the way only Three Day Hangover can do it.
When you love Chekhov the way adapter/director Lori Wolter Hudson does, contemporizing Uncle Vanya for a New York bar audience must be equally thrilling and daunting; if the experience of this podcaster (who typically loathes Chekhov) is any indication, she’s got a hell of a lot to be proud of. The podcast doesn’t editorialize, as I always say — but you’d do well to take this episode at its word, and go see this show.
Listen in as Lori, along with fellow Hangover-er (and portrayer of Astrov in the show) David Hudson, discuss the element of randomness, playing games, the difference between original scripts and what actually ends up on stage, structure around improv, and how to make Chekhov fun (in a bar).
“Hell yeah, I wanna do Chekhov in a bar on the Upper West Side!”
Three Day Hangover presents
based on Uncle Vanya, by Anton Chekhov
adapted & directed by Lori Wolter Hudson
remaining performances; all shows 8pm
Monday, September 15
Tuesday, September 16
Wednesday, September 17
Thursday, September 18
The Gin Mill
442 Amsterdam Avenue (bet. 81st and 82nd Streets)
tickets: $15, available via BrownPaperTickets
photos by Lloyd Mulvey