Vanya On 42nd Street

Synopsis: An uniterrupted rehersal of Chekhov's "Uncle Vanya" played out by a company of actors. The setting is their run down theater with an unusable stage and crumbling ceiling. The play is shown act by act with the briefest of breaks to move props or for refreshments. The lack of costumes, real props and scenery is soon forgotten.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director(s): Louis Malle
Production: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  2 wins & 12 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
119 min

Oh! Look at this guy.

- Andrushki.

- Oh!

- How are you?

- Oh, there's Wal.

- Hi, Wal.

- Weren't we going to rehearse at 5:00?

I think it was 5:15.

Is, uh -

Mmm. What is this?

- It's a knish.

- Mmm.

There he is. Wally!

- Hi. Hi. Great to see you.

- Hello.

Andr, this is Mrs. Chao.

- Uh, we met last summer in Berlin.

- How do you do?

Do you mind if she comes

to our rehearsal today?

Oh, I'd be delighted.

I love to have people visit.

In fact, you've come on a great day because

we're gonna be running through the entire play.

That's wonderful.

This is my friend Flip Innunu.

You know, Mrs. Chao

was explaining to me...

her grandfather

actually translated Chekhov into Bengali.

That was a long time ago.

My God!

You know, I've never seen Uncle Vanya.

Really? Well, it's certainly, uh -

- What part does Andr play?

- Oh, uh, he's the director.


Hi, Phoebe. Nice to see you.

I want you to meet my cousin's niece,

Tucker, from Toledo.

- Oh, how nice to have you.

- What an amazing place! When was it built?

Well, I think around the turn of the century.

It's been abandoned for years.

We're just squatting here really.

And we can't use the stage

'cause the ropes, obviously...

have been eaten by, uh, rats.

I've lost it.

Larry, you've been losing it for 25

years, for as long as I've known you.

Hi, Jer.

Hi, there.

Hey, Andr. How you doin'?

I like these, uh, squirrels.

And the faces are actually from

Shakespeare's plays, or that's what they say.

God, I am just exhausted today. I, uh,

didn't get any sleep at all last night.

You know,

the Ziegfeld Follies were done here.

There used to be, uh,

dressing rooms here...

that could accommodate 500 actors.

Now, it's a little dangerous because

it's been raining through the ceiling...

and those nets are there

to catch the plaster that's coming down.

- Watch your step, Phoebe.

- I'm all right. But you look tired.

Yeah, well, I haven't had time to catch my

breath. You see, I'm doing these two other plays.

They keep calling me for extra rehearsals.

I was up at 6:
00 this morning

learning lines for the rewrites...

on the play I'm doing

over at the Hearts and Minds Caf.

- I've never heard of that theater.

- No reason you should've.

Thanks, Liz.

- So, what I'm doing in the first

act is okay? - Well, how does it feel?

Just very uncomfortable.

Well, that's the whole point.


- Did you go swimming today?

- I'm gonna go tonight.

- If I don't swim, I don't move.

- Here, come on with me.

- Like the body just -

- I'm gonna get a cup of coffee.

- Under water, my hair turns green.

- ... my own mother?

- Your mother.

- My mother, she was so difficult...

and she was literally driving me so nuts.

It's all crumbling,

but it's all so beautiful.

Are you telling me Wally's going to strip?

- No. No, I just mean -

- He could, you know.

He could do anything.

Do what you've been doing.

You know, just get it -

- Drink?

- No. No, thank you. I don't want it.

A little vodka?

Not today, no. I can't drink it every day.

It's not good for me.

How long have we known each other?

- How long?

- Mm-hmm.

Let me think.

Eleven years.

How much have I changed?

- How much?

- Yeah.

Very much, I think.

Well, then you were young,

now you're old.

- Mmm.

- I think your looks have faded.

- And you're drinking now. - Ten years'

time, I've become a different man.

Oh, that's true.


Why? Overwork, simply.

On my feet all day, every day.

Every night I go to sleep

in fear I'll be called out on a call.

In the years you've known me, I have not had

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Andre Gregory

Andre William Gregory (born May 11, 1934) is an American theatre director, writer and actor. As of 2018, his latest film is Jonathan Demme's A Master Builder based on the 19th-century play by Henrik Ibsen. Andre Gregory also studied acting at The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre in New York City. more…

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