Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (2016) was a theatre production by Rogaland Theatre, the Norwegian premiere of the play by Christopher Durang. The production was performed in the theatre's venue Intimscenen.

Vegar Hoel directed it.


(Objekt ID 52310)
Object type Production
Premiere February 2, 2016
Produced by Rogaland Theatre
Based on Vanja og Sonja og Masha og Spike by Christopher Durang
Audience Adults
Language Norwegian
Keywords Theatre, Comedy
Running period February 2, 2016  —  March 18, 2016
Website Rogaland Teater

At the website of Rogaland Theatre the following, among other things, is written about Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike:

"Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike is an irresistible Chekhov inspired comedy, in which we meet the middle-aged siblings Vanya and Sonia. They live a quiet life in the house where they grew up. When their 'movie star' sister Masha comes on a surprise visit with her boytoy Spike dragged along, it is the start of an unforgettable weekend of rivalry, drama, complications and absurd situations."


Rogaland Theatre,,

Import from the list of openings 05.01.2016

Contributors (16)
Name Role
Christopher Durang – Playwright
Michael Evans – Translation
Vegar Hoel – Translation
Vegar Hoel – Direction
Michael Evans – Dramaturge
Vegar Hoel – Stage design
Vegar Hoel – Costume design
Thomas Bendiksen – Lighting design
Mette Arnstad – Actor (Cassandra)
Roar Kjølv Jenssen – Actor (Spike)
Marko Kanic – Actor (Vanja)
Ingrid Rusten – Actor (Sonja)
Silje Salomonsen – Actor (Nina)
Nina Ellen Ødegård – Actor (Masha)
Jill Tonje Holter – Mask design
Stig Håvard Dirdal – Photo
Performance dates
February 2, 2016 19:00 – Intimscenen, Rogaland Teater, Rogaland Theatre National premiere, Norway
Press coverage

Lillian Bikset, Selvdramatisering som overspill (literally: Self-dramatisation as overacting), Dagbladet, February 3 2016:

"The problems of theatricality are discussed, but theatricality also becomes a problem, in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike at Rogaland Theatre. (...) All the characters in Vanya and ... are theatrical persons. To dramatise oneself and one's feelings fall natural to them. Hoel has in his direction chosen an acting style that underlines this theatricality further, with emphasis on the unnatural. Posing is so very stated as phony, exclamations so very stated as artificial, that the characters' self-depreciation is weakened and the vulnerability beneath the wittiness is made insignificant. This is mixed with slapstick effects such as things falling over, people stumbling and losing things. One can suspect the director of underestimating the power of the text. It does not just exist in its witty one-liners, but also in its character development."