Review: Three cheers for ‘Three Sisters’

Patrick Ramsay
Features Writer

 

Those who paid six dollars for a ticket to see the performance of Anton Chekhov’s “Three Sisters” witnessed a truly excellent show.

Set in the early 1900’s in Russia, the play expressed themes that are seen in everyday life. The central themes perceived were love, ambition and understanding the purpose of life.

What stood out even more were the theological points presented in the performance. The primary theological point expressed was the understanding that the Lord works in mysterious ways. Therefore, it is our responsibility to continue living life and accept what God has done.

Even more astounding was the number of freshman students that took on large roles in this long and challenging play. Freshman muscial theater majors Abi Benke, Shelbi Bush, Weston Epperson and Starr Peterson all acted out very powerful and amusing characters that definitely brought life to this performance.

With this number of talent in the freshman class here at Samford, it really brings high hopes to expect even more fantastic performances in the future.

However, they were not the only ones that helped in this production. The other two sisters were portrayed by sophomore theater majors Maria Harb and Emily Merrill. Both Harb and Merrill performed incredibly, speaking in clear Russian accents, while memorizing a significant portion of difficult lines.

All three sisters were so convincing that one could believe that he or she was witnessing real life. Not only did all three of the sisters speak in a Russian dialect, but the manner in which the sisters acted out their ages was unbelievable.

We all must not forget the great humor that was exposed throughout the play though. Musical theater major Johnny Contini and theater majors Sam Shaughnessy and Ben Barlow were definitely the energizers of the performance.

Playing the soldiers, they truly brought out silly humor that all ages could relate to and find simply hilarious.

“I thought it was very well done,” sophomore classics major Jacie Hill said. “I learned a lot about 20th Century Russia and I saw a lot of existential philosophy in the story and characters.”

When it came down to criticism, the length was the only common critique that was commonly discussed about among audience members.

The curtains finally fell after the applauding of a three-hour performance.

Therefore, if this performance were given a certain number of stars, it would absolutely deserve 4 out of 5.

It was educational, astonishing and a pleasure to watch.

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