Anton Chekhov's drama Three Sisters
is perhaps not surprisingly about the intertwined lives of three sisters, Olga, Masha and Irina. But more accurately, it's about all the dreams the sisters have had and had to put aside, and how the ghosts of those dreams continually haunt their present. Olga is the oldest, a spinster at 28, whose kindly heart serves both her and her family well. Masha's the middle sister, a 25-year-old wife of seven years who has a torrid affair going with the dashing Lieutenant-Colonel Vershinin. She's blunt and direct even in her affair, practically throwing it in the face of her doting husband, Fyodor. Irina is the youngest of the sisters, a twenty-year old who dreams of the little family moving back to Moscow, where she believes she'll find the love of her life. But the sisters and their brother Andrei -- a young intellectual well on his way to a full professorship in Moscow, city of dreams -- are stymied on all fronts. Chekhov's naturalistic depiction of the realities of life -- poorly made decisions, intra-family resentments and the lies we tell ourselves to be happy -- has made Three Sisters
a classic drama. Saint Louis University Theatre presents Three Sisters
at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday (April 26 through May 4) and 2 p.m. Sunday, May 5, in the Saint Louis University Theatre in Xavier Hall on the SLU campus (3733 West Pine Mall; 314-977-3327). Tickets are $10.
Fridays, Saturdays; Sun., May 5. Starts: April 26. Continues through May 4, 2013