Three Sister @ Mamai Theatre
Through June 21
Cleveland Masonic Performing Arts Center
Mamai Theatre has chosen to go old school in its current production of Chekhov’s “Three Sisters.” And while this staging is neither radical nor revolutionary, it is most certainly exciting, for director Bernadette Clemens finds all the very intimate, inescapably dark and often very funny moments in this four-act, three-hour masterwork. And her remarkable ensemble of players puts them on display.
To see a full review of this show, read Bob Abelman's CJN article here.
This is a work that is most praiseworthy. The chemistry between the various actors is electric. The set is sumptuous without restricting movement of the cast. It is classic Chekhov done with endearing precision that makes this work still relevant one hundred and fifteen years after it was written. This may well be the best dramatic production of the season and must not be missed. It is classic theater done masterfully.To see a full review of this show, read Mark Horning's blog.
Thanks to sharply delineated performances and a lush set design by Don McBride, Mamai has created an existential shadow box in which we can observe comfortable people in their native, uncomfortable habitat.
To see a full review of this show, read Christine Howey's review at Cleveland Scene