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About This Show

29 September - 29 October, 2023
Director: Francine Sackett Smith

Aaron Posner's delightfully comic contemporary riff, "sort of" adapted from UNCLE VANYA. Runs in repertory with UNCLE VANYA by Anton Chekhov.


Eamon Hyland as Vanya

Lyra McKee as Sonia

Elizabeth Rose as Ella

Mimi Halpern as Babs

Sean Michael McCord as The Professor

Daniel Atwood as Dr. Aster

Sophie Clayton as Pickles

Production Team

Francine Sackett Smith - Director

Tim White - Assistant Director

Jim Horstkotte - Production Stage Manager

Tom Bloom - Scenic Designer

Amy Goffman - Costume Designer

Becky Brown - Sound Designer

Chase Carson - Lighting Designer

Maggie Rogers - Props Designer

Mimi Halpern - Assistant Costume Designer

Laura Rikard - Intimacy Consultant

Daniel Kunkel - Fight Choreographer


Seven disgruntled old friends, ex-lovers, estranged in-laws, and lifelong enemies gather and grumble, tangle, carouse, yearn for love, and generally contemplate the meaning of it all.

“[LIFE SUCKS.] is altogether wise, profoundly humane, hilarious, quirky, endearing and, in countless clever ways, brilliantly faithful to its source.”
Chicago Sun-Times


SOLD OUT—2 Performances Added

LIFE SUCKS. opens Saturday, September 30 at 8pm and performs on the following dates:

UNCLE VANYA opens on Friday, September 29 at 8pm and performs on the following dates:

Live Arts will host Free Preview Performances for both shows on the following dates (tickets can be reserved through the Box Office):


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