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Article posted: 7/12/2012 6:00 AM

Adaptation breathes new life into 'Three Sisters'

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Sisters Masha (Carrie Coon, left), Irina (Caroline Neff, center) and Olga (Ora Jones) yearn to leave their provincial home for Moscow in Tracy Letts' modern take on "Three Sisters," Anton Chekhov's timeless examination of inertia.

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Andrey (Dan Walker, second from right) confronts his despairing sisters Irina (Caroline Neff, left), Masha (Carrie Coon, second from left) and Olga (Ora Jones) in Steppenwolf Theatre's production of Anton Chekhov's "Three Sisters," directed by Anna D. Shapiro from Tracy Letts' adaptation.

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Tracy Letts' punchy, pithy adaptation of "Three Sisters" might rile Chekhov purists, but the new Steppenwolf production takes the work's original points about a family in decay and brings them firmly into the present. Far from being ponderous, Letts' "Three Sisters," as directed by Anna Shapiro, even breathes a little humor into the text.
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    • Sisters Masha (Carrie Coon, left), Irina (Caroline Neff, center) and Olga (Ora Jones) yearn to leave their provincial home for Moscow in Tracy Letts’ modern take on “Three Sisters,” Anton Chekhov’s timeless examination of inertia.
    • Andrey (Dan Walker, second from right) confronts his despairing sisters Irina (Caroline Neff, left), Masha (Carrie Coon, second from left) and Olga (Ora Jones) in Steppenwolf Theatre’s production of Anton Chekhov’s “Three Sisters,” directed by Anna D. Shapiro from Tracy Letts’ adaptation.
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