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As a director of a production of "Three Sisters" outline your ideas for an effective performance of Irena & Toozenbach's final scene together (Act IV). Explain in detail what you would want your actors to do.

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As a director of a production of "Three Sisters" outline your ideas for an effective performance of Irena & Toozenbach's final scene together (Act IV) Explain in detail what you would want your actors to do Caroline Bruce In Irena and Toozenbach's final scene together, Toozenbach is saying goodbye and telling Irena how much he loves her, after being interrogated by her as to where he was leaving to. He starts to describe everything around him as if it were the last time he was to see it and as he leaves, as if trying to put Irena's mind at rest after she tries to come with him, he asks her to tell the servant to make him some coffee for when he returns. In this scene Irena and Toozenbach would have a lot of awkward silences, as especially Irena seems to be quite uncomfortable with the relationship between them, whereas Toozenbach would be quite jumpy and stutter a lot as he is about to go into a duel against a very experienced duellist and has to come up with a lot of explanations as to where he is running off to. ...read more.

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When she begins to cry, she would turn back towards him and slow down her speech, as she explained how she'd never been in love. When she takes a pause, she would straighten up and stop crying, and keep glancing at him but not looking directly at him, as she would be slightly embarrassed about crying. When she finishes her line with "Your eyes are so restless." I think she would look quite uncomfortable beforehand, as though searching around for something to say to him, to break the silence. Although this is not a question, Toozenbach seems to feel he must justify himself, so replies with the line starting "I was awake..." In this bit he would speak quite fast, and uneasily as he's trying to convince Irena to believe something that isn't true. I think he would pause between "...nothing threatening" and "...only the thought..." as he's changing the subject, trying to take the suspicion away. When he asks Irena to say something to him, he would reach out and take hold of her arms, and speak fast and urgently. ...read more.

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He would also speak quite sadly, especially when talking about the dried up tree. After this, Irena says, "I'm coming with you". When she does this, she would take a step forward, and stand up very straight. She would be speaking quite loudly, and speak very powerfully and quite fast. When Toozenbach hears this he is very surprised and so should quickly step backwards, while saying "No, no!" in a very high pitched and choked, panicky voice, then turn around and start to run off. After a couple of steps, though, he would turn around and shout "Irena!" about to say something, only finding that when it comes to the time to say something he doesn't know what, so he would stutter before finding an answer, raising his arm while thinking about what to say, and when he finally asks her for coffee, he would smile, and speak very fast, but not as high pitched as the line before this one. In between these lines, when Irena asks him what he wants from her, she would speak dejectedly, dropping her shoulders, and turning round to look at him again, but look quite sad, as though she knew what was about to happen. I think if these stage directions were followed, it would be an effective performance. ...read more.

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