By Anton Chekhov. Directed & Adapted by Liz Arday. Factotum Theatre. Tap Gallery (Sydney). June 7 – 23, 2012.
Anton Chekhov’s naturalist play – based, it is believed, on the life of the Bronte sisters – sees three sisters, Olga, Marsha and Irina, and their brother Andrei, in a provincial garrison town in Russia. Dissatisfied with their lives, despite the comings and goings of the soldiers of the garrison, the girls, brought up in Moscow, dream, unsuccessfully, of returning to the symbolic sophistication of that city. Both Marsha and Andrei have made unfortunate marriages. Olga, a schoolteacher, is unhappy. Irina, just turning 20, longs for something more than just being at home.