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A mesmerizing 'Three Sisters' at the Kennedy Center

By Peter Marks

Anyone who's ever longed to hear Chekhov in Russian--or just longed for first-rate Chekhov--will want to make their way tonight to the Kennedy Center for the last of two performances of "Three Sisters," as imagined on the Eisenhower stage by director Declan Donnellan and a cast of marvelous Russian actors.

The opening scene of Chekhov International Theatre Festival's "Three Sisters" at the Kennedy Center. (Tracy A. Woodward / The Washington Post)

The spare and finely observed production, which comes by way of the Chekhov International Theatre Festival and Donnellan's own company, Cheek by Jowl, brings to the fore all the tender anguish of Chekhov's story, of siblings coping with the growing sense of their entrapment in their narrow world.

Donnellan weaves an invigorating tapestry, with a superbly balanced cadre of actors. Oh, and English surtitles are provided, so that the only thing to get lost in is the play's serenely rendered emotional truth. Tickets are still available. Visit or call 202-467-4600.

By Peter Marks  | October 20, 2010; 9:16 AM ET
Categories:  Peter Marks, Reviews, Theater  
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