THE STORY: Olga, Masha and Irina, army daughters, posted in a backwater, long to get to Moscow where, they imagine, their lives will be transformed and fulfilled. They fall in love, try to engage with the local people, remember happier times. It is a story of desire and frustration. With a cast of fourteen, this is a play that is large in its scope and reach.
“Friel has translated Chekhov in a way that we might expect from the author of Translations—he has brought about a profound shift in the relationship of the words to the characters who speak them and to the audience who hears them.” —Fintan O’Toole. “Friel has succeeded admirably with a script that is more literate, more touching, more luminous and more enjoyable than the more academic versions that have gone before.” —Irish Times.