Encore Michigan

Chekhov gets a Ringwald remix November 10–December 4

Preview October 28, 2017 Anne Kiley

FERNDALE—From the mind of Aaron Posner, author of The Ringwald Theatre’s 2014 production of Stupid Fucking Bird, comes this brash and revelatory reworking of Anton Chekhov’s tragicomic classic Uncle Vanya.

Performances will begin Friday, November 10 and play through Monday, December 4. Show times are Friday, Saturday and Monday nights at 8:00 pm, with two Sunday matinees at 5:00 pm. Tickets are $20 for Friday and Saturday performances, Sunday matinees are $15, Monday nights are $10. Opening night tickets for Life Sucks will be $10. $5 student discount tickets are available on Friday and Saturday performances, with valid student ID  and available at the box office on the day of the show. Tickets can be purchased at www.TheRingwald.com or at the theatre box office. The Ringwald box office opens 45 minutes before performances and tickets can be purchased with cash or credit card.

A group of old friends, ex-lovers, estranged in-laws, and lifelong enemies gather to grapple with life’s thorniest questions—and each other. What could possibly go wrong? Incurably lustful and lonely, hapless and hopeful, these seven souls collide and stumble their way towards a new understanding that life sucks. Or does it? Never has unhappiness been so much fun.

Opening on Friday, November 10 with a special $10 performance, the production stars Dyan Bailey, Joe Bailey, Kelly Komlen, Bryan Lark, Sydney Lepora, Jane O. MacFarlane, and Joel Mitchell. Joe Bailey directs. The production is designed by Vince Kelley (costumes), Jennifer Maiseloff (set), and Brandy Joe Plambeck (lighting).