The only thing more puzzling than this scenario is the fact that this movie, Vanya on 42nd Street, is a fabulous film. "Uncle Vanya" is the play in question, a tragicomic tale of family members plagued by broken hearts, lost youth, and missed opportunities. The film's premise is that "Uncle Vanya" is being performed by a small theatrical group, and the film simply captures the last rehearsal of the play before the costumes arrive.
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André follows a dinner conversation between two old friends: André Gregory, theater director and world -wandering philosopher, on the one hand, and playwright and actor Wally Shawn on the other. They haven't seen each other in several years. André, having "given up the theatre," has been roaming through the forests of Poland, the Sahara desert, and hither and yon desperately seeking something "real" to hold on to.
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