That said, this fine re-imagining of Vanya is a pleasure and a highly recommended success. Tensions around work and idleness make a neat fit for classic Yankee values, as do its characters’ mixed feelings about intellectuals from away and the cultural limitations of rural living. Particularly compelling in Stephens’s adaptation is its focus on sustainability, an ever more relevant facet of the play’s chief concern. Stage Force’s Vanya highlights the inescapable limits of humans not just in our personal desires, but in the world.

Uncle Vanya in Maine | adapted from the Chekhov and directed by Kent Stephens | Produced by Kent Stephens’ Stage Force | at the Star Theater in Kittery | through November 10 | 207.439.3800 |

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