The View: David Hyde Pierce & Sigourney Weaver
David Hyde Pierce is probably best known to TV audiences as Niles from Frasier. One of Sigourney Weaver’s most popular roles was in Alien. Now the two are co-stars on the Broadway stage for Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. They joined The View for a joint interview about the play, written by Christopher Durang.
The View: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike Review
Guest co-host Kevin Sorbo saw the play for himself on Broadway and complimented the entire cast. Sigourney and David play siblings in the stage play; David and another sibling have been trapped in their parents’ home for years, as Sigourney’s character has traveled the world.
When she returns with her young boyfriend and takes the family to a costume party, tensions rise and the sparks fly. Sigourney joked that “it was a great stretch for me to play someone so completely shallow.”
The View: Playwright Christopher Durang
The play was written by Christopher Durang, with whom both actors have previously worked. Weaver said that she and Durang were Yale classmates. Pierce made his Broadway debut in the 1980s in Durang’s Beyond Therapy.
This new production is based partially on the work of Anton Chekhov, but the playwright has expounded on the dysfunctional family trope and created more of a “farcical, absurd, loving comedy.”
The View: David Hyde Pierce Broadway
Pierce said it was a full circle moment for the cast to come together once again with Durang, whom they worked with in their earlier careers. The ladies of The View confirmed that he is “one of the great American playwrights.”
According to Sigourney, “there’s so much tenderness and wisdom in the play,” which seems to really resonate with audiences. Kevin Sorbo continued to rave about the performances.
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike is now playing at Broadway’s Golden Theatre.
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