Arclight Films

The Sisters

The Sisters

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Chekhov’s Three Sisters can hold its own with the best of Shakespeare, Shaw, Ibsen, O’Neill, and Williams—it’s a subtle, magical play stuffed with great parts for actors. By contrast, Richard Alfieri’s modern take-off on Chekhov’s material, The Sisters, is ham-fisted, maddeningly overwritten, and about as subtle as a jackhammer. It’s a dreadful play that has been made into what looks like a bad television production. The cast includes several unexciting players who have slipped out of our collective consciousness (Chris O’ Donnell, Mary Stuart Masterson, Tony Goldwyn) and a shrieking sitcom actor who seems to be waiting for a laugh track after he delivers every line (Eric McCormack). The seemingly ageless Rip Torn watches over this misbegotten production like a hawk, and poor, beautiful blond Maria Bello struggles yet again to make grindingly improbable dialogue work. While I longed for Chekhov’s original play as his sisters longed for Moscow, a more pressing concern was the continuing waste of the promising Bello, a grievous cinematic problem that needs to be rectified as soon as possible, preferably by David Lynch.

Arclight Films
113 min
Arthur Allan Seidelman
Richard Alfieri
Maria Bello, Rip Torn, Mary Stuart Masterson, Chris O'Donnell, Tony Goldwyn, Erika Christensen