GAMBIER — The Kenyon College Dance and Dramatic Club puts its own spin on “Uncle Vanya,” the traditional melodrama play by Anton Chekhov, in the Bolton Theater, 205 College-Park St., at 8 p.m., tonight.

The play, adapted by Pulitzer Prize winner Annie Baker, is directed by Benjamin Viccellio, associate professor of drama and film. The performance transports its audience to a country estate in Russia and explores themes of unrequited romance, dreams deferred and environmental decay before the Russian Revolution.

Viccellio said one of the hardest challenges the cast has faced is whittling down the usually three-hour production into a more modest commitment for today’s audience.

“We’ve worked very hard to put a strong and ferocious engine underneath this play, so it is going to move very quickly,” Viccellio said.

Chekhov plays are notoriously challenging for performers because of their intense detail. Actors must fully understand the minutia of their characters in order to properly play their roles.

To reserve tickets, contact the box office at 740-427-5546.

For more information, contact the Department of Dance, Drama, and Film at 740-427-5531.



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