Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

By Christopher Durang

Directed by Paul J. Potenza

Feb. 26 – Mar. 26, 2016

Thu. – Sat. 8pm, Sun. 4pm

Tickets: $28

Preview Performances: Feb. 24 – 25 | Wed. – Thr. 8pm | Tickets: $14

Shimberg Playhouse, Straz Center for the Performing Arts

This production is dedicated to the memory of Rachel Anne Lisi.

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What It's About

2013 Tony Award winner for Best Play!

A send-up of Chekov’s plays so hilarious on its own merit that it doesn’t even matter if you think Chekov is just the name of that Russian guy on Star Trek!

Middle-aged siblings Vanya and Sonia share a home in Bucks County, PA, where they bicker and complain about the circumstances of their lives. Suddenly, their movie-star sister, Masha, swoops in with her new boy toy, Spike.

Also on the scene are sassy maid Cassandra, who can predict the future, and a lovely young aspiring actress named Nina, whose prettiness somewhat worries the imperious Masha. Old resentments flare up, and the family crisis peaks just in time for the big party.

Broad comic acting is raised to the level of high art … deliriously funny – New York Times

…riotous … the show's a ton of fun even if you can't tell your Seagull from your Uncle Vanya… This is the kind of full-on comedy that's sadly rare on Broadway. – New York Post

(L-R) Roz Potenza and Elizabeth Fendrick in Jobsite's Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. (Photo: Crawford Long.)

Critic Reviews

Characters with remorse and regret have rarely been as funny ... a darkly funny adventure ... an entertaining production and a fun evening. – Tampa Tribune

the fine Jobsite production, directed perfectly by Paul Potenza, offers a top cast and impeccable design. It’s certainly the funniest show of the year so far. – Creative Loafing

[the audience] appeared to enjoy the play thoroughly from beginning to end ... much credit goes to Roz Potenza as Sonia and Elizabeth Fendrick as Masha for playing such over-the-top characters in ways that are not over the top ... Brian Shea as Vanya delivers an impassioned and brilliant 14-minute monologue lamenting the passage of older ways ... an amazing piece of theater. – Tampa Bay Times

in the capable hands of Jobsite Theater, it is given a grade-A treatment ... idiosyncratic characteristics, hilarious actions and memorable lines ... a winner. – BroadwayWorld

It's a non-stop riff on stage and showbiz ... that satirizes everything from ... elitism to fading celebrity while managing to convey poignant insights on aging, mortality and family bonds. – Tampastica


Cast & Crew

  • Paul J. Potenza – Director
  • Matthew Ray – Production Stage Manager


  • Emily Belvo – Nina
  • Elizabeth Fendrick – Masha
  • Jamie Jones – Spike
  • Jonelle Meyer – Cassandra
  • Roz Potenza – Sonia
  • Brian Shea – Vanya


  • Patrick Barnhart – Lighting Assistant Intern
  • Tiffany Daiber – Rehearsal Stage Manager
  • Ryan E. Finzelbar – Lighting Designer
  • David M. Jenkins – Sound Designer
  • Amara Manickchand – Associate Lighting Designer
  • Brittany Reuther – Costume Designer
  • Brian M. Smallheer – Scenic Designer

Patron Reviews

I found the performances by the entire cast to be sharp, cohesive, and funny and every bit the equal of the Tony Award winner…. The Director (Paul Potenza) should be applauded for his work with this entertaining cast. The nostalgic soliloquy given by Vania (Brian Shea) was magnificent. It nearly brought tears to my eyes. After her first appearance on stage, every time Cassandra (Jonelle Myer) appeared I laughed, even before she delivered her lines which warranted the laughter…. Anyone that likes comedic plays should DEFINITELY see this show. They won’t be disappointed. – Michael T. Creaney

Awesome show, great job! – Meghan Fraser-Elvira

They are awesome! – Susan Belvo

Saw this last Friday; this cast – superb! Very few moments of the show I wasn’t laughing hysterically or smiling. Highly recommended! – Ryan Sturm

A Must See – truly lots of fun and such great local talent – let’s support Tampa talent! – Brenda French Trayner

We had a wonderful evening. – @critus

Such a fun night and a great show as always at the @jobsitetheater – @peas4luck

LOVED Vanya @BrianSheaActor and Sonia #RozPotenza and Masha @EGFendrick and Spike @ArtofJamieJones! @jobsitetheater – @Julie_in_FL

Great work all around @jobsitetheater tonight. Still can’t decide what my favorite part was – @HoopSwoop

Laughed tons at @jobsitetheater latest of Vanya et al. Cannot say enough about how well Jones & Meyer made ridiculous characters fun & real! – @ladriaan

Delightful! Do I yourself a favor and spend an evening with this bunch. – Rose Rosen

Excellent performances all around. the Brian Shea meltdown and the Roz Potenza phone scene were standouts, but Jonelle and the others were beyond terrific. Go see the show…recent Tony award for best play…and deservedly so. – Hal Freedman

Kudos to Paul Potenza and his zannis: Brian Shea, Roz Potenza, Elizabeth Fendrick, Jamie Jones, Emily Belvo, and Jonelle Marie Meyer. Lovely (and funny) work, beautiful show. – C. David Frankel

Attended last Thursday performance. Good work by all. – Petrus Antonius

Great show – fabulous performances all the way around! – Karen Meyer Buesing

Loved it! Funny script handled by terrific actors and an outstanding director. – Murray Mintz

Absolutely loved the show. The acting was superb. – Michael Mitcham

What a wonderful time and a really fantastic show. – @lisah

Congrats to the folks over at @jobsitetheater for a fun afternoon of theatre. Some of the best work happening in Tampa. #Tampa #Theatre – @BeRyanArthur

Fun performances by all-runs only to Mar 20 #dontmissit – @CarlynKB

So hilariously funny!! – @CGorman

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