To prepare for a summer spent feeling as though you’re wasting your life, there’s nothing like seeing a play about people who spend the summer feeling as though they’re wasting their lives: Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya. If you’ve always thought of it as a feel-good romp -- who doesn’t like a good uncle? -- it’s time to think again. (Chekhov’s work does contain genuine humor, actually, but his characters tend toward the miserable, deluded side.)
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Charlie Steak, who wrote and directed the viral video I’m Voting Republican for the Synthetic Human film collective, has adapted the script to a contemporary setting, but themes like disillusionment in one’s family and/or career, falling in love with the wrong people, and expecting things to either change or stay the same (and being wrong no matter what) were already timeless.