By Anton Chekhov

Directed by Christopher McElroen

Set Design: Troy Hourie
Costume Design: Kimberly Glennon
Lighting Design: Aaron Black

Featuring: Roger Guenveur Smith, Sabrina LeBeauf, Reg E. Cathey, Carmen De Lavallade, Billy Eugene Jones & Earle Hyman

February 5 – March 8, 2009 | NYC

Considered by many to be one of the greatest plays ever written, Chekhov's Three Sisters offers audiences a chance to consider the spiritual paralysis that keeps us from pursuing our dreams, the feeling of unlived lives and the longing for meaning. The result is an uncanny blend of the painful and trivial, the ordinary and the catastrophic. Conventional boundaries between comedy and tragedy are deliberately blurred, and things are seldom what they seem in one of the theatre's most enigmatic and beautiful explorations of our pursuit of happiness.

Press Quotes

  • “Laughing through tears, scoffing through smiles—there are so many perplexing shades of sensibility in the world of a Chekhov play. In the Classical Theatre of Harlem's current production of Three Sisters, director Christopher McElroen slathers them all (artfully) onto the canvas … McElroen and his cast succeed, nonetheless, in making the central questions of the play—about happiness and suffering, gratification and deferral—seem fresh and important.” - Village Voice
  • “If I could, I would shrink this production into something I could fit into my pocket to use as my best defense for those times when I wind up in an argument with someone who thinks the classics should not continue to be staged. I would pull this production out, plop it in front of the naysayer, and let it prove that if thought, passion, energy, humor, and bravery are put into the project, the play should and will continue to have a life.” -
  • “In the end the real credit for the success of this production has to go to director and CTH co-founder Christopher McElroen, whose interpretive touches are uncannily accurate. McElroen strikes every right note, from intelligent and energetic staging to pacing to coherency of theme, and the result is a truly memorable performance.” -