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The Three Sisters



First performed at the Moscow Art Theatre in 1901, The Three Sisters probes the lives and dreams of Olga, Masha, and Irina, former Muscovites now living in a provincial town from which they long to escape. Their hopes for a life more suited to their cultivated tastes and sensibilities provide a touching counterpoint to the relentless flow of compromising events in the real world.
In this powerful play, a landmark of modern drama, Chekhov masterfully interweaves character and theme in subtle ways that make the work’s finale seem as inevitable as it is deeply moving. It is reprinted here from a standard text with updated transliteration of character names and additional explanatory footnotes.

Character Breakdown

Irina (Youngest sister, 20)
Masha (Middle sister)
Olga (Eldest Sister)
Andrey (Only son in the family)
Vershinin (Commanding officer of the army base)
Baron Tuzenbach (First Lieutenant, Irina's love interest)
Chebutykin (The Doctor)
Natasha (Andrey's love interest)
Kulygin (Schoolteacher)
Solyony (Captain in the army)
Ferapont (The old janitor at the County Council)
Anfisa (Nurse, 80)
Fedotik and Rohde (Officers)