Buoyant Theatre Collective's production of "Three Sisters" performed in January 2012. Directed by Dionne Laviolette.
I played Natasha.
"On opening night the show took a while to gain momentum; the open staging means that it's not always clear where characters are with respect to one another in the sisters' house, and the lighting - bright lamps along the periphery, with only dim light from overhead - makes the action literally difficult to watch, with actors typically seen in silhouette rather than direct lighting. The show's energy doubled, though, when Jason Vogen bustled onstage as the joyous schoolteacher Kulygin, followed by the forceful Nissa Nordland as Natasha. Nordland rises to such a blistering, bullying pitch, that I hope Buoyant next produces Little House on the Prairie just so Nordland can be Nellie Oleson.
By the play's second half, the rest of the sprawling cast (almost outnumbering the audience) had settled into their characters' sad grooves, pushing the show towards a tense and moving climax enhanced by a subtle use of live music. Laviolette's casting is superb: pathetic characters Kulygin and Tuzenbach (Eric Eichenlaub) are portrayed with dignity, and the bitter sisters embodied sympathetically by Kelsey Cramer (Olga), Erin Mae Johnson (Masha), and Abigail Nones (Irina). This is a small-scale production that ends up feeling much, much larger."
- J Gabler, Vita.MN