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Photos by: Nicole Neri

Life Sucks

By  Aaron Posner


Girl Friday Productions and Open Eye Theatre were proud to partner up to produce the regional professional premiere of LIFE SUCKS by Aaron Posner, a cheeky revisioning of Chekhov’s classic UNCLE VANYA that is at once irreverent, poignant, hopeful, raw, highly theatrical, and yes, very funny.

A group of old friends, estranged relations, and occasional enemies gather to grapple with life’s thorniest questions—and each other. What could possibly go wrong?


LIFE SUCKS considers longing and the meaning of life in a way that is fresh, warm hearted, and surprisingly moving. A comic reflection on the ride of love and loss, LIFE SUCKS just may lead you to the opposite conclusion.


LIFE SUCKS played October 12- November 12, 2023 at Open Eye Theatre


Vanya – Sam Landman

Sonia – Elizabeth Efteland

Ella – Georgia Doolittle

Babs – Kirby Bennett

The Professor – Jim Ramlet

Dr. Aster – Jonathan Feld

Pickles – Taj Ruler

Creative Team

Director – Joel Sass
Lighting – Kathy Maxwell
Costume Design – Claire Looker
Set Design – Joel Sass
Sound Design – C. Andrew Mayer
Fight and Intimacy Coach – Annie Enneking
Stage Manager – Penny Kissinger
Understudies – Eric Knutson, Bob Malos, Victoria Pyan, and Melanie Wehrmacher

Read Our Press


Art Hounds: ‘Uncle Vanya,’ but make it hilarious | MPR News


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Life Sucks Reinterprets a Chekhov Classic with Brilliance and Charm | Twin Cities Geek


Massed Gadgets of Hercules: Reality may, but ‘Life Sucks’ doesn't (


“Life Sucks”, But This Play Doesn’t. A Modern Sort of Adaptation of Uncle Vanya at Open Eye Theatre – The Stages of MN

Minneapolis/St. Paul—“Life Sucks”—11/7/23 (

Cherry and Spoon: “Life Sucks” by Girl Friday Productions and Open Eye Theatre

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