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Nina Dramer (Masha), Samantha Hannum (Irina), |
Megan Aldritch (Olga) photo by Bruce Clarke
Over four scenes, we watch the three sisters of the Prozorova family, and the others who inhabit the house run the gamut of emotions from the sheer joy of young Irina (Samantha Hannum) on the morning of her 20th birthday to the overwhelming depression of the whole household five years later.
This is a powerful, moving, sometimes funny production with an excellent cast. The sisters are played by Megan Aldrich (Olga), Nina Dramer (Masha) and Hannum. Each has her own personality, from the stern Olga, forced to be the family leader following the death of their father; Masha, stuck in an unhappy marriage and secretly in love with Vershinin; and Irina, whose idealistic dreams slowly die with the passage of time.
Brother Andrey (Thomas Dean) is a talented young man with no drive whose best job seems to be head of the village council. Wife Natasha (Devon LaBar), the subject of derision for her fashion choices, becomes the shew of the household.
Also outstanding are Tom Rhatigan as Dr. Chebutikin, an eccentric alcoholic doctor, Sean Thomas Olivares as Soleni, a social misfit in love with Irina and Paul Scott as Baron Tuzenbach, also in love with Irina.
With all of their problems, the emotional connection among the sisters remains strong and is the tie that holds this family together.