Chekhov’s masterpiece in a full-cast performance starring Tessa Thompson, Jennifer Westfeldt, Sarah Zimmerman and Jon Hamm. Meet Olga, Masha, and Irina, warm and cultured young sisters who were reared in the exciting hubbub of Moscow, but have been living in the dull, gossipy backwaters of Russia for far too long. With their father’s passing, and the ordinary grip of day-to-day life slowly suffocating them, the urge to return to the city with its rich and exciting life rises to a fever pitch.
First performed in 1901, The Three Sisters mixes humor and heartbreak beautifully and is a perennial favorite of actors and audiences alike. This is a full-cast performance starring Tessa Thompson as Irina; Jennifer Westfeldt as Masha; Sarah Zimmerman as Olga; Jon Hamm as Vershinin; Josh Clark as Solyony/Rode; Josh Cooke as Kulygin; Dan Donohue as Tuzenbach; Pamela Dunlap as Anfisa; Marc Halsey as Fedotik; Rebecca Mozo as Natasha; Robert Pine as Chebutykin/Ferapont; Reid Scott as Andrei. Directed by Jenny Sullivan. Recorded before a live audience at the Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles, in April, 2011.
Public Domain (P)2011 L.A. Theatre Works
Since I've never seen this play, I found it a little too confusing with multiple characters and and time changes. Very good performances, though.....I'm sure I could have gotten a lot more from it if I'd seen the production or knew about it beforehand.
Sorry to say I've seen better, although I cannot fault the performers; much of Chekov is about the tension between what is said and what is seen...and as the seen option is missing here, so is half the performance
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