What Will the Neighbors Say? presents a new play about the daughters of the last Tsar of Russia in the aftermath of the 1917 Revolution. More…
Comprised of personal writings of the four Grand Duchesses, select lines from Anton Chekhov’s 'Three Sisters,' Biblical passages, and imagined dialog, 'Four Sisters' examines the role of women in wartime, the performative properties of female bodies, and the destruction of domestic histories. Each sister is played by an actor of a different race to further demonstrate the globalized and timeless nature of these women’s stories.
See it if You want to experience what real raw talent & creativity can generate with the most limited resources. Examine female destiny in history.
Don't see it if You value superficial grand adornments in costume & staging rather than appreciate the talents & creativity of sincere artists contributing.
See it if You like plays about history and like to learn about Russian history esp. To see how wars affect the privileged yet how similar we are
Don't see it if You don't care about Russian history. You don't like small theatres- tho they made great use of a small space.
See it if You want to hear about Russian history and women during wartime. You want to be thankful that you did not have to experience this first hand
Don't see it if You have no interest in Russian history. You are not interested in what these sisters had to go through during wartime.
See it if You want to see Russian-based shows with biblical messages and Chekhov lines. The writing and acting are good.
Don't see it if You don't like simple settings or small productions.
See it if You support young artist, like a historical piece, know the young ladies presenting the piece.
Don't see it if You expect a Broadway caliber piece, don't like historical pieces, expect an extravagant theatre.
See it if You know the ending but like to get absorbed in the story telling, well acted and simply staged make the girls the center of all
Don't see it if almost no reason, but if repetition annoys you as the word "sisters" does grate on your nerves or if you prefer a more lavish production
See it if Limited by space, set design, and movement, acting alone is able to demonstrate the fear, grief, and permanent desperation of the sisters
Don't see it if you are a history buff, since the play is not entirely historically accurate due to its limitations
See it if you're interested in historical plays or the Russian revolution; you'd like to see a production making a lot out of little resources
Don't see it if you require plays to be polished; two of the actresses brought the play to life, but the other two were lacking; everyone overacted a bit
See it if you are curious about what happens when good will and effort is not enough.
Don't see it if you are not up on Russian revolutionary history. Information is hinted at in this stilted production w/ odd symbols like barefoot princeses
See it if Your desire to know anything at all about the daughters of Tsar Nicholas II outweighs your need to be entertained. (Better at end, dramatic)
Don't see it if You lack patience for stilted, overly formal dialogue without any visual enhancement (projections, costume change, etc.)
See it if You're REALLY passionate about the Russian Revolution. As in passionate enough to forgive bad writing, lackluster characters, etc.
Don't see it if You're expecting to understand or care about anything happening throughout; it's an ambitious idea, but poorly executed.
See it if you feel like you must see a "classic" old school type play that takes place a long time ago
Don't see it if you want to be comfortable. It's an hour and 45 mins with no intermission. The seats for not comfortable. Please read what I have so say
See it if you want to understand how educated people can still be misguided by religion and education with an unreal context; like Russian history
Don't see it if you don't care for women or the reasons why religion or government fails if it doesn't actually improve the human condition.
See it if you like plays by Chekov, Tolstoy, Strindberg and the like; enjoy classic-style theater with engaging characters and a well-crafted script
Don't see it if don't like low-budget productions (awful, cheapo set) in a rather stuffy theater with uncomfortable seats and no intermission (1 1/2 hours)
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