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3.77  ·  Rating Details  ·  11,136 Ratings  ·  287 Reviews
A full-cast performance of Chekhov's masterpiece starring Jennifer Westfeldt, Tessa Thompson, Sarah Zimmerman and Jon Hamm. Meet Olga, Masha, and Irina, warm and cultured young sisters who were reared in the exciting hubbub of Moscow, but have been living in the dull, gossipy backwaters of Russia for far too long. With their father's passing, and the ordinary grip of day-t ...more
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Published August 15th 2011 by LA Theatre Works (first published 1901)
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Aug 22, 2016 Kalliope rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: russia, drama, 19-century, 2016

So far I have been very lucky with the theatre productions I have been attending. This one did not shine as much, though. I wonder whether had I not been able to compare to some brilliant staging would this play have engaged me more.

Nonetheless, it was entertaining. The setting was ‘realistic’, with the décor of a late nineteenth century Russia middle class home, with the most appealing aspect in the way parallel actions and conversations could take place on a single defined space. The acting wa
Written and performed at the turn of the century (1900), The Three Sisters is one of Chekhov's best known plays. The sisters, Olga, Masha, and Irina, former Muscovite's now living in a provincial city, are struggling to find happiness in their lives. They dream of returning to Moscow someday to find love and fulfillment, but they are trapped by the events and circumstances surrounding their daily lives. The themes in the play are very subtle and it can be a difficult one to read. It would be bet ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
برخی از منتقدان «سه خواهر» را اثری «ناتورالیستی» میدانند، درباره پوسیدگی و نابودی تدریجی اشرافیت اواخر قرن نوزدهم، و آغاز قرن بیستم «روسیه» است. نمایشنامه شرحی ست بر زندگی و دلمشغولیهای خانواده «پروزروف». سه خواهر بنامهای «اولگا»، «ماشا» و «ایرینا» هستند با برادرشان «آندرهئی». خانواده از وضع موجود خویش ناراضی هستند، و چشم انداز آینده را تیره و تار میبینند، امیدهای خویش را برباد رفته میدانند. «سه خواهر» نمایشنامه، جوان، باسواد، تحصیلکرده، و بسیار مبادی آداب هستند. آنها در شهر «مسکو» بزرگ شده و ر ...more

Three Sisters is a classic play written by Anton Chekhov. It opened in 1901 and one of the premiere actors was none other then Stanislovsky. The central theme of this work is to showcase the hopes and dreams of the characters. However, the circumstances surrounding this family with three sisters cripples any attempt for joy.


The Sisters
Olya is the oldest sister. She thrives as the caretaker of the family. She is a teacher and a spinster. At one point tells Irina that she would have married "any m
Dec 12, 2014 FeReSHte rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: play, russia
با خوندنش یاد همه آرزوهایی میفتین که داشتید
و گذر زمان کمرنگشون کرده
و عاقبت از سر ناچاری یا فراموش شدند یا به دست سرنوشت سپرده شدند
Pooya Kiani
Jan 02, 2016 Pooya Kiani rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
کلاس شخصیتپردازی.
اگر ابتدای پردهی آخر یک مقداری بهتر بود، سه خواهر شاهکار تمامعیاری میشد.
«جای خالی مسکو» و سنگ شدن هر سه خواهر در مکان و زمان، چیزی بود که دست از «سر» من برنداشت.
جز یکی دو لغزش، ترجمهی ناهید کاشیچی عالی بود.
خوشحالم که سه بار شروعش کردم و چون درک و دریافت لازمه برام میسر نبود کنارش گذاشتم، تا امروز.
جزو «باید بخوانید»های همهکس.
Aug 20, 2016 ژیار rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've Seen it in the Theater with buddies, at Kurdistan region!
Maria Thomarey
Jan 02, 2016 Maria Thomarey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oct 13, 2008 Amy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: plays, fiction
I have an intense love/hate relationship with Chekhov and it is because of this play. Three sisters sitting around whining about taking the train to Moscow. It is a story of transformation, boredom and listlessness. Which may be why I felt bored and listless when reading it. Perhaps. To go to Moscow. To go back to Moscow. Moscow. . .Moscow. . .
Jun 30, 2014 Jim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Anton Chekhov seems so deceptively simple in his great plays such as The Three Sisters that we sometimes don't see the mystery that is there. In this case, we have a young family consisting of a brother and three sisters, all full of high hopes and expressing a wish to move to Moscow, where "the lights are much brighter there/you can forget all your troubles, forget all your cares." The mystery is in the curious entropy of life, that proceeds heedless of our wishes and dreams.

Even Andrey, the br
Očigledno nisam ljubitelj drame... :)
Mar 18, 2016 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Bettie
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From BBC Radio 3 - Drama on 3:
Three sisters living in a garrison town in provincial Russia dream of the day that they will return to their home city of Moscow. Maybe then their lives will really start. But in Anton Chekhov's poignant classic somehow real life keeps getting in the way.

Three Sisters was written in 1900 and is a meticulously observed play for an ensemble cast. In its wry portrayal of dreams and self-delusion, and of the
Erwin Maack
Jun 24, 2015 Erwin Maack rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Life is a vexatious trap; when a thinking man reaches maturity and attains to full consciousness he cannot help feeling that he is in a trap from which there is no escape. Indeed, he is summoned without his choice by fortuitous circumstances from non-existence into life . . . what for? He tries to find out the meaning and object of his existence; he is told nothing, or he is told absurdities; he knocks and it is not opened to him; death comes to him -- also without his choice".

Não há nada de no
To read Chekhov (the dramatist) is to crack a case!

His literary style does not include a central plot which drives the play, the tragedy and comedy are inextricably intertwined, the lack of clarity and defined meanings are intrinsic characteristics of his drama, which eventually puzzles the reader, It may even allude to a static plot consisting of characters mulling upon the mundane! “The three sisters” seems to follow the same pattern that focuses on the development of the different characters'
Ayman  Agour
لو أننا عرفنا.. لو أننا فقط استطعنا أن نعرف!

بهذه العبارة يُنهى أنطون تشيخوف المسرحية المكونة من أربعة فصول على لسان أولجا، لو أننا عرفنا لماذا جئنا إلى هذه الحياة، لماذا نعانى، لماذا نحن تعساء!

يغلب على المسرحية استخدام الحركات الداخلية والتعبير عن الروح بالكلمات على استخدام الحركات الخارجية، وهو ما عرض تشيخوف لنقد لاذع من أساطين الأدب فى العالم كتولستوى الذى انتقد المسرحية بشدة.

الشقيقات الثلاث، أولجا، ماشا، إيرينا، وشقيقهم أندريه أبناء أحد جنرالات الجيش الروسى الراحلين، يعيشون فى قرية بالقرب م
May 16, 2011 Stuart rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh does this play cut to the bone! Maybe Chekhov's best play, the dreams and despairs of a parade of memorable characters are revealed against the backdrop of socially restless Russia, glimpsed at four precisely chosen moments, stretched over three years of their lives. Olga is the good girl, Masha is the bad one, and Irina is the idealist, while their brother wallows in self-pity and alienation and the men who love them compete for love they'd rather find in Moscow. A perfect encapsulation of w ...more
Ana Maria Rînceanu
"The Three Sisters" is the only play that has honest to God made me cry. Not in a good, filled with relief kind, but the kind that makes you want to run away.

Three sisters wander through life following convention, wishing they could move back to Moscow, only achievable if their brother job perspectives change as did their fathers. Olga is a good girl so she agrees to get married, Irina, the idealist, becomes a teacher since there is no marriage offer, Marsha is the bad girl so she has an affair
Jess ❈Harbinger of Blood-Soaked Rainbows❈
2.5 stars

Well that was depressing....

In an effort to read more plays, especially classic plays, I picked up an anthology and lo and behold, this was the first one up.

So this play wasn't all that horrible, but the ending was depressing so I dropped half a star. It is about three sisters, Olga, Masha, and Irena, who are living in Russia at the turn of the twentieth century. They are all entirely different, but still close as sisters are. It is about their lives and how they've twisted and changed
Darya Conmigo
Забавный факт про "Трех сестер":

По воспоминаниям Станиславского, Чехов «был уверен, что он написал весёлую комедию». Что говорит о своеобразном чувстве юмора Чехова. Согласно тому же Станиславскомуу, актёры, слушавшие пьесу в первый раз, рыдали, и не ожидавший слёз автор решил, что пьеса «непонятна и провалилась». (Это, конечно, если верить Википедии).

И все же, и все же, только Чехов может так написать о тоскливой жизни:

Что ж? После нас будут летать на воздушных шарах, изменятся пиджаки, открою
Sep 21, 2015 Jana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: high-school
My boss gave me a year ticket for the National theatre, it's one of the sweet bargains of my job. So I go to theatre with my colleagues on Friday/Saturday although on Fridays we are minced meat. After 12-14 hours shift that I go through every day, I usually devote myself to alcohol because I can't feel my brain, cause sleep became irrelevant and put in a category ‘what’s that?’. I even less feel myself after a few pints, but at least I know I occupy my mind with something that is not called a jo ...more
Thom Swennes
As Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky was to Russian Ballet was Anton Chekhov to the Russian stage. The Three Sisters (1901) is a play in four scenes and relates the mundane life of a well-to-do Russian family. The men and women in this society couldn't imagine working for a living. They don’t seem very happy with their circumstances but looked down on all that were forced to live by trade or some other physical endeavor. Military service or intellectual enterprises were acceptable but only as a last reso ...more
Oct 31, 2011 James rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This play contains multitudes beneath the the surface banalities. I don't even know how to approach a review of this masterpiece. Suffice it to say that it's a beautifully written tragedy with surprising moments of humor. Nabokov said that no writer created more pathetic characters than Chekov, and certainly this play attests to that, but its greatness is beyond that. This is a case where I don't know how to do the work justice in a review, so I will instead merely give this masterpiece the high ...more
sahar salman
هذا العمل الأدبي الفني يتحدث عن الشخوص الواقعية في الحياة التي تضحك من نفسها و تحاول أن تجد معناً ما في طريقة عيشها إنهم أناس لم يوفقوا في حياتهم ويبحثون عن السعادة التي ترضيهم البساطة في الحركات والحوارات تخبأ الفكرة التي يصورها تشيخوف وهو يشير كما هو دوماً على أنه بالرغم من الألام و المصائب والتعاسة التي نعيشها سيأتي يومٌ نفرح فيه جميعاً فتزول ألامنا ونحيا بهناء في الحياة.
Ramy Fouad
May 19, 2015 Ramy Fouad rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: مسرح
لنفرض أنه كان فى إمكاننا أن نبدأ حياتنا من جديد ، ونحن على وعى بما نريد أن نحققه لأنفسنا ، لنفرض أنه كان فى إمكان الواحد منا أن يستخدم حياته الذاهبة كمسودة لحياة أخرى جديدة ؟ ماذا كان يحدث إذن ؟
فعلا يا تشيخوف ماذا يحدث
ماذا يحدث لو تركت عنى أثقال الماضى
ماذا يحدث لو بدأت من جديد
ماذا لو كانت حياتى السابقة مسوده لما أريد أن أكون
رُغم انغماسنا واندماجنا بالماضى ورغبتنا فى التحرر من ثقل الماضى وبناء حياة جديد كما نريد الا أننا لم نبدء بعد
رُغم الفراغ إلا أن الحاضر ممتلئ بالماضى
رُغم الفراغ ليس هنا
NaÐa A. Muhammĕd
قال الكاتب نابوكوف فيما معناه لا يوجد كاتب يرسم ويكتب شخصيات مثيرة للشفقة كأنطون تشيخوف !، و هذا ما حدث !.
الأخوات الثلاث مسرحية من اربع فصول تدور عن حياة بلا هدف ، حياة مملة ، أبطالها لا يتخيلون أنفسهم يعملون ، فيعشن الاخوات على أمل واحد أن يتمكنّ من العودة إلى موسكو مسقط رأسهم ليقيموا في بيت الأسرة هناك ، فتمثل موسكو الحياة كما تجب أن تعاش ، اولغا ، وايرينا و ماشا ثلاث اخوات لكل منهن شخصيته لم تتجاوزن الثلاثين بعد أصغرهم في الواحدة والعشرين ولكنها تشعر بأنها قد هرمت ! ، وأخيهم اندري فقد السيطر
I decided, perhaps foolishly, to tackle one of Chekhov's plays for my first foray into graduate level literary analysis. I solidly grasped Chekhov's nihilism and his treatment of the notion of coping with a life we do not want but, for whatever reason, cannot leave. I began to understand the different ways the three titular sisters make do with their lives, through fantasy, contempt, and resignation. My personal curveball, however, was that this particular lit analysis was to be written from as ...more
Huda Aweys
ياااا قريتها زماااان :) كان حد مخرج من مخرجين الثقافة الجماهيرية أعارها لى أقرأها عشان اعمل دور الأخت الصغرى .. و حضرت معاه بروفتين يمكن او بروفة .. و فاكرة انى كنت حاسه بثقل على روحي و انا باقرأها و انها كانت كئيبة جدا و ماحبتهاش ، و ايامها اصلا ماكانش حد من اهلى ممكن يوافقني على كده .. كنت باروح قصر الثقافة من وراهم اساسا :))) ، فقريتها و رجعتهاله و اعتذرت بحجة الدراسة و الامتحانات .. و حضرت العرض بعدها
Irina Anghel
Jan 17, 2016 Irina Anghel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This hit me in a way I didn't expect.


Ok, now I've changed my rating to 5 stars, because, as I always do with dramaturgy, after some research and a bit of chewing on the plot and characters and everything, I end up appreciating the play much more. Of course, at first read, a play is not something insanely captivating, at least in my oppinion, because they're made to be seen on a stage, acted out nice and all. Especially, Chekhov, I feel like he hasn't got the most exciting writing style, no
Aliaa Mohamed
Oct 24, 2015 Aliaa Mohamed rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
الفكرة قد تكون جيدة ولكن الترجمة والأسلوب جعلني أشعر بالملل كثيراً ...
David Sarkies
Oct 03, 2013 David Sarkies rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: modernist
Reading this play I got the impression that it was basically about a group of people sitting in a house talking about philosophy and pining for the good old days. As I have mentioned before reading plays, especially if you have not seen them performed, can be a difficult task at best, and sometimes I have to read some two of three times to be able to follow them (though some of them I need to read only once – however Chekov does not fall into that category). Anyway, when I read the synopsis and ...more
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Anton Pavlovich Chekhov was born in the small seaport of Taganrog, southern Russia, the son of a grocer. Chekhov's grandfather was a serf, who had bought his own freedom and that of his three sons in 1841. He also taught himself to read and write. Yevgenia Morozova, Chekhov's mother, was the daughter of a cloth merchant.

"When I think back on my childhood," Chekhov recalled, "it all seems quite glo
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