Last week, I saw an updated Chekhov’s Three Sisters at the ART in Cambridge. The acting was great. Much of the message that the Polish director, Krystian Lupa, wanted to convey came through the non-verbal actions of the characters and they responded well to the challenge. As this review in the Boston Globe, An existential 'Sisters' act, by Ed Siegel, states, the play has a “Waiting for Godot” quality. Ed was there the same night we saw the play. The sisters are forever stuck in a Russian provincial town waiting to get back to Moscow where everything will be good again.
One of the older characters alluded to what happen to Moscow when the Napoleon invaded and we all know what would happen to the upper class in Moscow in a few years from the setting of this play. But not to worry, there is no hope of the sisters getting there by the end of the play. This is a take on Chekhov that is much more entertaining than the one I got in college drama classes where he was compartmentalized as a chronicler of the declining Russian middle class. If you are in the Boston area, I certainly recommend it. The play exceeded my expectations. It runs until January 1.