Reviews: What Do Critics Think of Uncle Vanya on Broadway? | Playbill

The Verdict Reviews: What Do Critics Think of Uncle Vanya on Broadway?

Steve Carell and Alison Pill star in the Lincoln Center Theater production.

Steve Carell in Uncle Vanya Marc J. Franklin

Lincoln Center Theater's production of Anton Chekhov's Uncle Vanya is officially back on Broadway, and the reviews are rolling in. With a new translation by Tony nominee Heidi Schreck and a starry cast, the production officially opened at the Vivian Beaumont Theater April 24 after beginning previews April 3.

Oscar nominee Steve Carell stars in the title role, a man disappointed in having spent his life managing the family farm while his brother-in-law pursued an academic career. It's the Broadway debut for the actor, best known for his many seasons as Dunder Mifflin Paper Company boss Michael Scott on The Office. 

The cast also includes Alison Pill as Sonia, Alfred Molina as Alexander, Anika Noni Rose as Elena, Jayne Houdyshell as Maria, William Jackson Harper as Astros, Mia Katigbak as Marina, Jonathan Hadary as Waffles, and Spencer Donovan Jones as Neighbor. 

The company is completed by understudies Marceline Hugot, Stephen Conrad Moore, Robert Stanton, Michael Bryan French, and Brenda Meaney.

Read the reviews below.

Broadway News (Brittani Samuel)

CitiTour NYC (Brian Scott Lipton)

The Daily Beast (Tim Teeman)

Digital Journal (Markos Papadatos)

Entertainment Weekly (Shania Russell)

Exeunt (Cameron Kelsall)

The Guardian (Adrian Horton)

New York Magazine/Vulture (Sara Holdren)*

New York Post (Johnny Oleksinski)

New York Stage Review (Melissa Rose Bernardo, David Finkle)

New York Sun (Elysa Gardner)

New York Theater (Jonathan Mandell)

New York Theatre Guide (Joe Dziemianowicz)

The New York Times (Jesse Green)*

NY Daily News (Chris Jones)*

The Observer (David Cote)

Shelby Star (Patrick Ryan)

The Stage (Nicole Serratore)*

TheaterMania (David Gordon)

Theatrely (Joey Sims)

Time Out NY (Adam Feldman)

USA Today (Patrick Ryan)

Variety (Trish Deitch)

The Wrap (Robert Hofler)*

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Playbill will continue to update this list as reviews come in.

Click here to purchase the opening night Playbill for Uncle Vanya

Lila Neugebauer directs, her second Main Stem production this season, following her work on Appropriate for Second Stage Theatre. She leads a creative team that includes set designer Mimi Lien, costume designer Kaye Boyce, lighting designers Lap Chi Chu and Elizabeth Harper, and sound designers Mikhail Fiksel and Beth Lake. Kate Wilson serves as the vocal coach.

READ: 'Big Russian-Literature Nerd': Heidi Schreck Translates Uncle Vanya for a Modern Audience

The production team includes General Manager Jessica Niebanck, Production Manager Paul Smithyman, and Stage Manager Charles M. Turner III. Casting is by Daniel Swee.

Uncle Vanya was last seen on Broadway in 2000 starring Derek Jacobi and Amy Ryan as Vanya and Sonia, respectively. Ryan was Tony nominated for her performance. 

Photos: Uncle Vanya at Lincoln Center Theater

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