Like many of Chekhov’s works, it is about the decay of the privileged class in Russia and the search for meaning in the modern world. In the play, Olga, Masha, and Irina are refined and cultured young women in their twenties who were raised in urban Moscow but have been living in a small, colorless provincial town for eleven years. With their father dead, their anticipated return to Moscow comes to represent their hopes for living a good life, while the ordinariness of day-to-day living tightens its hold. First performed in 1901, The Three Sisters is a perennial favorite of actors and audiences.*
*Extract taken from “The Three Sisters: Introduction.” Drama for Students. Ed. Marie Rose Napierkowski. Vol. 10. Detroit: Gale, 1998. eNotes.com. January 2006. 15 January 2010. <http://www.enotes.com/three-sisters/introduction>.