Stage Russia HD: The Three Sisters
Sat May 12: 3.30pm
** This play is primarily in sign language, with some Russian, and English subtitles **
** Runtime includes one 15-minute intermission **
Anton Chekhovs The Three Sisters probes the lives and dreams of Olga, Masha, and Irina, former Muscovites now living in a provincial town from which theyre desperate to escape. In this powerful play, a landmark of modern drama, Chekhov masterfully interweaves character and theme in subtle ways that make the works climax seem as inevitable as it is deeply moving.
Timofey Kulyabin, the 32 year old wunderkind artistic director of the Red Torch Theatre in Novosibirsk, has taken this classic work and reinvented it as an epic parable about finding harmony through suffering. The entire cast, save for one, communicate throughout the performance solely in sign language. By doing this, the selfishness, isolation and lack of mutual understanding are dangerous and laden with disaster, the characters defenseless against a huge sounding world. Like a score, every scene is composed with sounds and noises. You can hear the wind whistling around the house, shrieking migratory birds, troops marching to marching music.
Made with a quality rare for the Russian stage, without any hints of a sketch or unfinished design. There is not a single centimeter, not a single minute, which does not work for a common purpose. St. Petersburg Theatrical Journal (Russia)
A performance in which sounds and non-verbal communication form a compelling unity in which the essence of the drama is worked out in beguiling beauty and unbelievable intensity. Kurier.at (Austria)
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