Moonlight, the graduate student arm of the ANU’s Papermoon priduction company, presents Anton Chekhov’s Three Sisters to round off their series of the Russian playwright’s works.
The piece is described as “a play of regret, humour, philosophy, adultery, action, inaction, morals and the human condition” — in other words, something for everyone.
Directed by Masters student Samuel Hannan-Morrow, this is the first of Moonlight’s productions to use the ANU Arts Centre’s main stage. It runs on 14, 15 and 19 – 22 October at 7.30pm. Tickets are $15 at the door.
Below is some of the cast at Thrusday’s press call: L-R Clare Carnell (Natasha), Justin Davidson (Andrey), John Willis (Toozenbach), Tain Stangret (Irena), Naomi Milthorpe (Anfisa) and Evan Marginson (Soliony).
They acted out some parts of scenes, beginning with this declaration of love from Andrey (whose sisters are the three of the title) to Natasha, his finacee.
Then there was a scene between Irena, one of the sisters, and Soliony, a Captain in the army.
Last of the love declarations was Irena telling Baron Toozenbach, a lieutenant, that she could never love him.
And finally a scene which felt to me like a final concluding monologue, by Irena, although I don’t actually know where it falls in the play.