Irish Repertory Theatre presents Brian Friel's play about the later lives of two of Chekhov’s enduring characters: Sonya from 'Uncle Vanya' and Andrey from 'The Three Sisters.' Part of Origin’s 1st Irish Festival. More…
They meet by chance in a late-night cafe in 1920s Moscow. The concert violinist and determined estate owner are unable to escape their origins—the circumstances furnished by their creator are still determining their lives. Part of Andrey remains a boy, while Sonya is still hopelessly in love with the local doctor. Now middle-aged, the characters are comforted by their encounter. There is promise in their meeting...until their stories unfold and the glow of their fantasies makes way for reality.
See it if You want to experience two older people struggling with fantasy vs. reality and other issues. Wonderful dialog and acting.
Don't see it if You prefer something brighter or bigger. This is a "slice of life" with a lot to say. You don't need to be familiar with Chekhov.
See it if Exquisitely acted chamber piece about missed opportunities & thwarted lives, slight but poignantly staged
Don't see it if Not familiar with Chekhovian source material; not a fan of dialogue driven drama
See it if You enjoy stories about strangers who form an intense connection, wonder what happened to famous literary characters after play is over
Don't see it if You find static, 2 character plays tiring, not a fan of Brian Friel, cannot fathom subtlety or nuance, don't like having to listen
See it if you enjoy exquisite acting, especially from Dermot Crowley. The writing is intelligent. You need to know something about the characters.
Don't see it if you are not a fan of Chekhov, and do not know who these characters are and from what plays they appear.
See it if You are a fan of Friel (or Chekhov), like imagining the (after)life of fictional characters, enjoy interaction between 2 masterful actors.
Don't see it if Don't like quiet, all-dialogue, little-action work. You have NO knowledge of the plays these characters were in, can't hear implied thoughts
See it if You wondered what became of characters once their play ended. Has the young persona essentially changed or not? What is the value of hope?
Don't see it if Revisiting literary characters isn't appealing. An exercise more than a play, we eavesdrop on Sonya & Andrey made human by master actors.
See it if you care about two checkov characters meet years later; excellent acting but very short and inconsequential. Good set.
Don't see it if you want longer shows. too short. forgettable...story not that interesting. better read then seen.
See it if you like seeing well seasoned actors. Interesting play, lovely set. Knowing the two original plays, while not necessary, greatly helps.
Don't see it if you want action and don't like character-centric plays.
See it if You like the idea of "what happened to...."The idea of the play is engaging even if the execution falls flat. Lovely stage set but static
Don't see it if you want engaging and interesting characters who have something to say and something to do. There is no relationship between the characters
See it if you believe that magic can happen when two great actors sit on a stage and speak a great playwright's words.
Don't see it if you don't like Chekhov, or you're such a Chekhov purist you can't stand the idea of someone else writing a play about his characters.
See it if This is a deeply touching play whose universal themes eloquently address life's challenges, vulnerabilities and small victories
Don't see it if You prefer big, flashy productions
See it if you know and like Chekhov and want an entertaining and totally believable Twenty Years After. True to the spirit, brilliant performances
Don't see it if If you are not familiar with Uncle Vanya and Three sisters, it might not resonate but will probably still grip if you like talky plays in an
Also intimate theater
See it if You are a fan of Chekhov, but not wanting to see Chekhov per se.
Don't see it if You only like mainstream shows, and do not want to take a chance on something different.
See it if you enjoy seeing great acting in an intimate (in more ways than one) setting
Don't see it if the thought of a two-actor dramatic production staged in a small theater doesn't appeal to you.
See it if you enjoy a low-key show showing how great acting lures you in.
Don't see it if you want a show which doesn't require much of your attention.
See it if you are familiar with Chekhov and these particular characters, you are looking for a quiet pleasant theatrical evening
Don't see it if you are not familiar with "Three sisters" and "Uncle Vanya" or if you don't like calm, dialogue-heavy shows
See it if You would like to be in the presence of legendary Irish actors honoring the great Brian Friel's writing.
Don't see it if You want song and dance and mindless entertainment