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Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike poised for Tony win?

It could be. And I’m sure it would be a sweet victory for 64 year-old playwright, Christopher Durang. A New Jersey native with degrees from Harvard and Yale, he’s been pounding the Great White Way for decades now—but remains Tony-less. However, “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” may just be the odds-on favorite to finally bring him that Antoinette Perry medallion. This Checkov-inspired work ran off-Broadway in 2012, before transferring to Broadway this year. And it has just won the prestigious Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play, joining its previous wins from the Outer Critics Circle, the New York Drama Critic’s Circle and the Drama League. Standing in its way for June 9th Tony glory are Richard Greenberg’s “The Assembled Parties”, the late Nora Ephron’s “Lucky Guy” starring Tom Hanks, and the already-closed “The Testament of Mary” from Colm Toibin. “The Testament of Mary” is most likely out of the running since it went dark on May 5th. “Lucky Guy” has been a major smash, based solely on the Broadway-debut of film-star Hanks—but will that help or hurt its chances? And “The Assembled Parties” appears to be Durang’s main competition with its combination of sterling reviews and an author in Mr. Greenberg who garnered a slew of awards for 2003’s “Take Me Out”—including that season’s Best Play Tony. But I will be rooting for fellow New Jerseyan Durang—call me partisan! And “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” is the one of the quartet that I wish to attend before the summer is out. It’s up for six awards in all—four for performances, one for direction, and, of course, for the play itself. Good luck, Christopher!

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