The Theater: Singing the Moscow Blues

THE THREE SISTERS by ANTON CHEKHOV

Chekhov is the poet laureate of the commonplace. He once wrote that "on the stage everything should be as complex and as simple as in life. People are having dinner, and while they're having it, their future happiness may be decided or their lives may be shattered." In presenting vivid, selective glimpses of ordinary life, Chekhov simultaneously plumbs the nature of existence with its brevity, hope, joy and sorrow. He is an impressionist rather than a photographer. In his plays we know that virtually nothing has happened, but...

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