Knox College play offers ‘snippets of life’: Chekhov’s ‘Three Sisters’ story of 19th century Russian life

From the Register-Mail:

Don’t let the set fool you — ornate Victorian sofa, tall white pillars. Don’t let the costumes distract you — fitted corsets, long dresses and three-piece suits. The display on stage may seem like a passport to 1901 — and to an extent it is — but the themes of Anton Chekhov’s “Three Sisters” performed by Knox College still resonate today.

“The audience will be spending two hours with people who existed long before them, but whose preoccupations and struggles are very much the same as those we face today,” said director and chair of the theater department Neil Blackadder.

The play, at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 4-7 in Harbach Theatre, tells the story of three sisters in a small 19th century Russian town filled with “snap shots of moments” and “snippets of life,” said Samantha Newport, one of two assistant directors and a Knox senior.