Life Sucks

sort of adapted from Uncle Vanya by Anton Chekhov

Dobama Theatre

Cleveland Heights, OH
Professional Theatre

By: Aaron Posner

April 22 - May 22, 2022

Show Description:

After taking aim at The Seagull in Dobama’s hit production of Stupid F**king Bird, playwright Aaron Posner returns with an irreverent contemporary remix of Uncle Vanya. Egos clash, hearts hunger, and souls cry out for meaning in this raw and hilarious reimagining of Chekhov’s timeless classic where a group of old friends, ex-lovers, estranged in-laws, and lifelong enemies gather to grapple with life’s thorniest questions—and each other. What could possibly go wrong? Lustful and lonely, hapless and hopeful, these seven souls collide and stumble their way towards the understanding that life staggers, life confounds life is beautiful, and life sucks. Or does it?

Staff and Cast

Director: Nathan Motta

Christopher Bohan - Vanya
Nicole Sumlin - Ella
Jordan Lewanda - Sonia
Andrew Gorell - Aster
Chennelle Bryant-Harris - Pickles
Anne McEvoy - Babs
Steve Marvel - Professor


7:30pm Thursdays
8pm Fridays
8pm Saturdays
2:30pm Sundays (
4/24 at 7:30pm instead)

Runtime: 2h 10m (15m intermission)


$12 - $38 (All unsold tickets are Pay What You Can at the door 1 hour before the performance)

(216) 932-3396

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Health and Safety Guidelines

All patrons, staff, and volunteers are required to wear facial masks that cover their mouth and nose, and remain masked at all times while inside the facility. This is a requirement of both Dobama Theatre and Heights Libraries. Surgical masks will be available free of charge at the Box Office. Cloth, surgical, and KN95 masks are all acceptable. Masks with exhalation valves, gaiters, bandanas, scarves, etc. are not permitted. Face shields will not be accepted as mask substitutes.

*As of 1/20/22, it is recommended that surgical, KN95, or N95 masks be worn. Complimentary surgical masks will be provided and patrons are invited to make use of them. Surgical masks can also be worn underneath cloth masks for extra protection.

Beginning April 22, audience members are not required to show proof of vaccination

For their safety and the safety of our community, people under the age of 12 are not permitted in Dobama Theatre performances for the 21/22 Mainstage Season.

Ticket holders who have been exposed to COVID-19 and/or are experiencing symptoms are asked to remain at home and contact Dobama Theatre to discuss flexible options for their tickets.

Concessions will not be sold at performances so that audience members can remain masked throughout the performance.

All programs will be digital. Dobama will provide a link via email and the website to download the program prior to coming to a performance. There will also be signs with a QR code to connect patrons to the program if they wish to read it while waiting for the performance to begin.

All performances will be ticketed up to full capacity. Select social distanced performanced may be scheduled. Contact the Box Office for details.

Tickets will be scanned by ushers for a no-touch experience. Will Call tickets will come in an envelope and tickets purchased the day of the event will be handled by Box Office staff wearing gloves.

In person audience engagement programming is suspended until further notice. This helps limit the amount of time audience and artists are gathered together in an indoor space. Check in with Dobama’s social media pages, email marketing, and website for new audience engagement content this season.

The HVAC system in the facility will have Ventilation Verification as required by Actors’ Equity. This is a physical assessment of the existing Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) infrastructure at theatrical venues and establishes an HVAC system’s baseline for adequate ventilation. The air handling system has been fitted with an ionizer that produces positive and negative ions that neutralize harmful pollutants and inactivates airborne contaminants such as viruses, bacteria, fungi and mold spores.

We are following enhanced cleaning and strict disinfection protocols.

We have hand sanitizer available around the theatre facility and encourage guests to wash their hands frequently.

Members and ticket holders for performances at Dobama will receive more detailed information regarding the simple process of picking up tickets, having tickets scanned, showing proof of vaccination, and entering the theatre prior to the opening night of the season.

All Dobama Theatre artists and staff have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. They follow strict guidelines throughout the rehearsal and performance periods including daily temperature checks, social distancing, masking, the use of a portable HEPA filter air purifier, and various other precautions. Cast and crew are tested for COVID three times per week and remain socially distanced and masked with N95 masks when not onstage.

Content Advisories

Adult Language, Adult Situations, Gunshots


Dobama Theatre
2340 Lee Road
Cleveland Heights, OH 44118

Production Trailer