Drinking, misplaced passions and lots of often hilarious wailing against the gods are at the heart of Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya, one of the great Russian playwright’s most renowned plays. And the production coming from Classical Theatre promises to be thrilling. The story follows poor Vanya and his tender, though plain, niece Sonya through one long season when a beautiful woman and her cranky old husband come to visit. Throw in a drop-dead gorgeous doctor who suddenly finds lots of reasons to ride his horse through the cold nights just to see Vanya (or is it that foxy lady visitor?), and passions start to blaze inside most everyone stuck in the outer reaches of these Russian woods. Guns, opium and lots of deeply felt rage make life amazingly exciting in these lonely nights. 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and 2:30 p.m. Sundays. Through January 22. Talento Bilingüe de Houston Center, 333 South Jensen. For information, call 713-963-9665 or visit www.classicaltheatre.org. $18.
Thursdays-Sundays. Starts: Jan. 5. Continues through Jan. 22, 2012