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What Is the Story of Three Sisters?
Chekhov’s classic play, first produced in 1901, tells the story of a family living unhappily in a provincial Russian town. The title siblings are Olga, an unmarried teacher; Masha, who’s married but who embarks on an affair with a visiting lieutenant; and Irina, who longs to go to Moscow to find her true love. The sisters dote on their brother Andrei, who has high hopes for an academic career at the beginning of the play but soon settles into marriage and fatherhood with an overbearing village girl named Natasha. Over the course of four acts, the family members interact with various friends, visitors and servants and experience passion and heartbreak, all the while pining for that elusive trip to Moscow.
What is Three Sisters like?
Husband and wife film stars Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard lead the cast in a production that features a distinctly modern-sounding translation and a bare-bones set centered on the family’s enormous dining room table. Classic Stage Company's 200-seat playhouse gives the audience gets an intimate look at the shifting relationships and confrontations among these troubled characters. Directed by Chekhov expert Austin Pendleton, the production is an excellent introduction (or re-introduction) to the playwright’s final masterpiece.
Is Three Sisters Good for Kids?
The overlapping storylines and almost-three-hour running time of this Chekhov classic make it an evening for theater-loving teens and adults.