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Life Sucks

01/14/2020 - 12:00am to 02/08/2020 - 12:00am

Life Sucks

But you’ll certainly give that question some thought, and may even get the chance to voice your opinion on it when you take advantage of seeing the Red Barn Theatre’s delightful production of playwright Aaron Posner’s “Life Sucks”, now playing on their stage through February 8.

“Life Sucks”, loosely based on Chekhov’s “Uncle Vanya” (stress the “loosely based”), is, quite simply, a hilarious take on love, longing and loss, falling in love with the wrong people, and trying to change a life you very often perceive as being miserable, but in reality, is pretty much okay.

In two hours, we meet a group of characters, each of whom is on that ‘life sucks’ spectrum somewhere. In a grand old estate house, come together the Professor, whose sexy young wife, Elle, everyone else in the place is in love with. Either her, or the handsome, pretty-much-always-inebriated Dr. Astor. Or they’re longing for a love they’ve never had, as is the adorable Pickles.

Then there’s the middle-aged, dispirited Vanya, who with the Professor’s daughter, Sonia, manages the property. Sonia firmly believes life sucks because Dr. Astor won’t give her the time of day, and Vanya’s the guy who feels he bit the sour apple. The only balanced person in the place is a wise woman named Babs, who tries to impart love, affection, and wisdom to all the others, often without success.

And the spark that lights the fuse of this very funny play? The Professor announces that he intends to sell the estate because he needs money, throwing all of their lives into disarray. That’s when the fun really begins.

And that fun often will involve the audience, as the characters every now and then will break the fourth wall and address them, asking what they think, and actually hoping for a response. So if your life sucks too, you’ll get a chance to let them know.

Director Joy Hawkins couldn’t have asked for a better cast of actors to bring Posner’s hilarious play to life: David Black, George DiBraud, Aaron Duclos, Jessica Miano Kruel, Karl M. Stahl, Caroline Taylor, and Susannah Wells are wonderful. Each of them is perfect in their role, able to play any line for the laughs or poignancy the play requires. There’s not a moment they won’t engage you completely…including, quite literally, the end of the play…but you’ll need to see it to enjoy that final bit of fun…don’t want to spoil it for you.

Key West artist Rick Worth – along with the Red Barn’s Gary and Jack McDonald – has provided one of his very special painted sets, depicting the formal gardens of the family estate. It’s a colorful backdrop to this delightful play.

Tickets for all remaining performances of “Life Sucks” are available at or by calling 305-296-9911.