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Three Sisters (Russian Arts Theater)

From 28 member  reviews
Members say: Absorbing, Entertaining, Delightful, Great acting, Intelligent

About the show

The Russian Arts Theater and Studio presents Anton Chekhov's tragicomic story about the decline of a privileged family grappling with the changes of a modern world. More…

Following the death of their army officer father, the Moscow-born and bred Prozorov siblings find themselves living in a remote provincial town, trapped inside the memories of their glorious past. Only the proximity of a nearby artillery post and the company of its officers make their existence bearable. As they fumble for purpose amidst the clutter of awkward suitors, clumsy birthday presents, absurd squabbles, and raging house fires, only one desire remains undimmed: to return to Moscow! Part of the company's first annual New York Chekhov Festival, which also includes lectures, talk backs, and other events.

Member Reviews (28)


Absorbing, Entertaining, Delightful, Great acting, Intelligent
Avg Score

Indulgent, Intimate, Repetitive, Excruciating, Energetic

See it if You are a Chekhov fan and want to see a creative and intimate interpretation in a tiny theater. Good acting and musicianship.

Don't see it if Depressing litany of different kinds of suffering: idleness, unrequited love, betrayal, poverty, cruelty. Characters bear it but do not grow

Also The actors had to ad-lib when a chair broke during a sex scene. This c... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great staging, Refreshing, Intelligent, Clever

See it if You love Chekhov and would like to see a dynamic, clever and very musical version of a classic play up-close and personal in a tiny theater.

Don't see it if The multi-culti cast feels un-Russian, or the ingenious shoe string production seems amateurish to you, but true to the spirit of the play.

Absorbing, Enchanting, Delightful, Great writing

See it if very enjoyable chekhov; with music dancing and some laughs; all 3 sisters are excellent in their own right

Don't see it if you want a sad, dour chekhov. play is almost 3 hours

Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a comedy.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of comedies.

Great acting, Great singing, Intelligent, Delightful, Romantic

See it if ... you like Chekhov. This production is true to the word of the master! ... are curious about Russian style of acting and staging

Don't see it if ... you can't close your eyes on the set design imperfections

Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent, Well directed

See it if you think that Chekhov should be respected and not cut to suit a Broadway/fast-paced rhythm.

Don't see it if you don't understand Chekhov...

Also This production really captures the fin-de-siècle Russian spirit and C... Read more Read less

Great writing, Resonant, Clever, A good production of a great play

See it if you like Chekhov. The show is faithful to the original, and the second half was quite moving.

Don't see it if No reason not to see it.

Also The Russian Art Theatre excels at ensemble work, and their version of ... Read more Read less

Exquisite, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Profound

See it if You question your existence and want to experience others' existential crises in the balcony of a church (very intimate theatre experience.)

Don't see it if You don't want to think or enjoy intimate theatre at one of its best.


See it if Enjoy a revival of a classic.

Don't see it if Acting was average - none of the actors were memorable. The main actor missed his lines at least five times in the first half of the play.

Also I was excited to see this revival given the very high ratings from pre... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Great acting

See it if You are into stuff like that

Don't see it if You don't like stuff like that

Delightful, Dated, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if Liked it

Don't see it if Time

Enchanting, Great staging, Great writing

See it if You like more optimistic Chekhov!

Don't see it if If you prefer sadder Chekhov. Hey are laughing a lot in this show!

Enchanting, Absorbing, Exquisite

See it if You want to be transported to a magical place with music and joy and imagination.

Don't see it if You like very "conventional" theater.

Exquisite, Absorbing, Great acting, Delightful

See it if You are familiar with Russian-styles theater and culture. Cast does a great job of understanding Russian references and humor!

Don't see it if You are looking for a high-budget production. The theater is small but there was so much magic with just so little!

Absorbing, Clever, Great staging, Intelligent

See it if You are up for a completely different interpretation of this classic play. It was a lot sad than what I'm used to with jokes everywhere.

Don't see it if You enjoy more pensive and still Chekhov. This group is joking through the entire show, which I loved, but it's not everyone's cup of tea.

Exquisite, Refreshing, Quirky, Great writing, Great staging

See it if You like Chekhov but are open to a livelier interpretation of this classic play. The Ensemble was cohesive unit and show full of surprises.

Don't see it if You prefer nostalgic and more depressing Chekhov, or are not open to Authentic Russian culture.

Riveting, Refreshing, Great writing, Delightful

See it if You are open to a more musical and dynamically staged production of Chekhov. The Ensemble is constantly in movement and song.

Don't see it if You prefer more still, pensive and nostalgic Chekhov. This would definitely not be your cup of tea. It's a party! I loved every minute of it

Masterful, Great staging, Ambitious, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if I loved this show. This timeless classic play is adapted for modern times with great staging, constant movement and great actors ensemble.

Don't see it if you don't care about Russian culture

Moving, Fresh, Provocative, Great staging, Great ensemble

See it if You like to see Ensemble work. The group delivered some of the best Ensemble acting I've seen in years!

Don't see it if You are purist Chekhov fan and want to stick close to the text. They stay close to original but definitely took some (delightful) liberties.

Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if you like to be entertained with good ensemble theater and some really great acting.The play touches life as it is now lightly and with charm

Don't see it if you don't like really great theater with wit ,charm,good acting,music ,great costumes,directing,and scenery. It's in a wonderful small space

Also Go see it! It's Chekhov done in a wonderfully light comedic way that i... Read more Read less

Clever, Absorbing, Intelligent

See it if You are interested in a very different and exciting interpretation of Chekhov's writing.

Don't see it if You are looking for the same "Three Sisters" you've seen before.

Also This production chooses to use hopefulness and levity to overcome the ... Read more Read less

Clever, Entertaining, Masterful, Intelligent, Funny

See it if I throughly enjoyed this production. The masterful direction keeps you engaged with the story.

Don't see it if You don't have the time to enjoy it to the end!

Also They magically found the humor in humanity to gently lead you to a sad... Read more Read less

Epic, Edgy, Entertaining

See it if You like Chekhov, and an international cast with provocative staging and interpretation. This was the best Three Sisters I've ever seen.

Don't see it if You're looking for Broadway-style shows. It's bare bones, but the experience was so fulfilling spiritually for my friends and I.

Absorbing, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if Found it very well done-acting, staging-told the story very well

Don't see it if You want a completely traditional version. Music used, some men's costumes, other touches quirky or from different times play set.

Also I would like to know what music was used and why. Some was Russian but... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Entertaining, Ambitious, Relevant

See it if love Chekhov (as most theater people do) but are open to an innovative, music-laden, energetic interpretation.

Don't see it if You like your Chekhov straight and depressing.

April 5th, 2017
"The time-honored piece is well respected under Aleksey Burago’s direction, while maintaining an exciting newness. Character interactions and intentions are classically Stanislavski; while dance, music, and artful movement innovate in revelatory ways....A welcomed addition...Take part in this adv...
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