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What to you are the main themes and issues of 'Three Sisters' and how would you stage them?

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What to you are the main themes and issues of 'Three Sisters' and how would you stage them? A recurring theme in Three Sisters is time; there are constant references to clocks such as Act One Kulygin says, "You're clock is seven minutes fast." To highlight this theme I would make sure the actors gave lines with reference to time the significance they deserve as well as using lighting to show the passing of the seasons. The play starts in Spring so I would use bright lighting from the direction of the window, down stage right, as well as general overhead lighting to give the stage a spring-like atmosphere. In the second act I would have dim lights from the direction of the DSR window to indicate that it was evening and also have Natasha carrying a candle. In Act Three, with the fire, I would have dim lights except for a blazing red light DSL from the doorway, created using a red gel to represent the fire. ...read more.

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It is shown throughout the play by the characters disillusion with life through lines such as when Masha says, "All our hopes have been foundered" in Act Four. Through the play I would have Irina becoming more and more mournful and jaded; very different from the youthful and optimistic young woman at the beginning of the play. To do this I would ask the actor to be very upbeat and playful at the start, laughing and smiling a lot, but reaching a climax of depression in her last speech after the death of Tusenbach. I would ask her to show her loss of naievity and almost develop a cynical and slightly cold view of things. Her speech in Act Four is another brilliant example of her transition from young innocent girl to disenchanted young woman, so I would make sure this scene was acted very carefully because as well as showing her now world-wearied character, it also is an excellent example of life ...read more.

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Another way I would show this is by occasionally having characters mouth lines to show how people do not listen. I also think it is important to keep in Masha's whistling in Act One and as Olga talked I would have it getting louder to try block her out reaching a crescendo on Olga's acussationary line, " I should have loved my husband." The sisters would wear the colours stated in the stage diresctions (Olga in dark blue, Masha in black and Irina in white.) I would have them in long, very basic dresses, typical of the time, so as not to distract attention from the plot or acting. Very near the beginning of the play the clock strikes twelve followed by the line, "The clock kept striking then, too." So to end the play and enhance the idea that life goes on regardless of people and their shattered hopes and dreams I would have the clock striking twelve times and then a dead black as the grandfather clock falls to the floor. ...read more.

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