Sisters Three

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A Finalist for The Source Festival and a Semi-finalist for The Bay Area Playwrights Foundation, SISTERS THREE lands its World Premiere staging with Inkwell Theater producing in Los Angeles at the VS. Theatre.

An off-center dramedy about family, social media, fame, and the holidays, Sisters Three pays homage to the Brontë sisters, and their brother Patrick. After a family tragedy, Charlotte has dropped out of society and joined a no-technology commune on Gondol Island. EJ and Anne are building a canoe to rescue her. As individual secrets and desires are becoming more apparent, it is threatening to tear the sisters apart.

"I am committed to giving voice to female protagonists, so I always start with female leads...or rather, the female leads start with me," says writer Jami Brandli. "This play was inspired by the Bronte sisters, all novelists and poets. Though it's not a biography, the fascinating sibling dynamic includes their brother Patrick, who was a painter, in a modern retelling of a complicated family of artists and big thinkers now living in a society that seems to place more value on the veneer of a perfect Instagram post rather than appreciating the beautiful complexities of reality.”

Jami Brandli's plays include Bliss (or Emily Post is Dead!), a Critic's Choice – LA Times, currently at Moving Arts, Technicolor Life, S.O.E., M-Theory, ¡SOLDADERA, Through the Eye of a Needle (“Top Ten” – Stage Raw; The Road Theatre), Medusa's Song, O: A Rhapsody in Divorce. Her work has been produced/developed at New Dramatists, WordBRIDGE, The Lark, New York Theatre Workshop, Great Plains Theatre Conference, Launch Pad, The Antaeus Company, Chalk REP, The Road, and is Winner of John Gassner Memorial Playwriting Award, Holland New Voices Award and Aurora Theatre Company's GAP PrizeTechnicolor Life premiered at REP Stage as part of the 2015 Women's Voices Theater Festival and recently received its Australian premiere at The Depot Theatre. Jami was a Finalist for the 2016 PEN Literary Award for Drama, Playwrights' Center Core Writer Fellowship, Princess Grace Award, O'Neill National Playwrights Conference and the Disney ABC TV Fellowship and was nominated for the Susan Smith Blackburn Award.  Her short works are published with TCG and Smith & Kraus.

Directed by Annie McVey, the cast includes Robyn Cohen as Charlotte (The Exonerated opposite Jeff Goldblum, West Coast premiere of Neil Labute's The Shape of Things/The Laguna Playhouse, No Way Around but Through/The Falcon Theatre starring Melanie Griffith, Rigoletto/The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion), Dana DeRuyck as EJ (Hole in the Sky with Circle X Theatre, member Sacred Fools where she played Prushka in the LA premiere of A Gulag Mouse; and appeared in Mr. Burns a Post-Electric Play and The Magic Bullet Theory), and Kara Hume as Anne (member of the Road Theatre, she appeared in Jami Brandi's Through the Eye of a Needle, and The Other Place by Sharr White). Produced by Artistic Director, Daniel Shoenman and by Rosie Glen-Lambert.

Sisters Three opens on Friday, December 14th and runs at through January 20, 2019. 8pm Fridays and Saturdays and 2pm Sundays (added performances at 8pm on Thursdays 12/20 & 12/27 and Mondays 1/7 & 1/14). VS Theatre is located at 5453 W. Pico Blvd. in Los Angeles, 90010. Tickets are $15-$35. For reservations: https://inkwelltheater.com

Reviews

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"...Sisters Three is content to leave these Bells/Brontes with all of their cracks staring down oblivion with Christmas music chiming merrily in the background. Join the stare-down at your own risk."

sour - Evan Henerson - Curtain Up - ...read full review


Leigh Kennicott
"In Jami Brandli's Sisters Three the ill-fated Brontes are three eccentric women suffering the aftermath of their cherished brother's death, now brought up-to-date, out of the vicarage and into a college student housing single. Emily Jane, played by Dana DeRuyck, has been recast as a graduate mathemetician. Her sister, Anne (a cheeky Kara Hume), has moved in to E.J.'s small student housing, dragging a two-seat canoe along with her. The play teeters irresolutely between sarcasm and satire; we are never sure if we should be amused or appalled. Evaluated as a work in progress, Sisters Three shows promise with the question to be resolved as “to what end”?"

sweet-sour - Leigh Kennicott - Show Mag - ...read full review


Mark Hein
"A lively, intelligent comedy, half realistic and half surreal. And the smart, energetic performances are worth the price of admission."

sweet - Mark Hein - Theatre Ghost - ...read full review


Deborah Klugman
"....the play is mildly amusing and provides meaty roles for women performers, which is all to the good. But it offers few insights, nor does it seem to have much of a point."

sweet-sour - Deborah Klugman - StageRaw - ...read full review


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"The action of the play, under the keen direction of Annie McVey, is crisp and choreographed, a necessity in the intimate space of the VS. Theatre. Dana DeRuyck as Emily carries the emotional weight of the play, while Kara Hume serves up some ditzy comedy as Anne, who might just possibly have a touch of attention deficit. When Robyn Cohen shows up as Charlotte, Sisters Three charts stunning new territory in the category of black comedy."

sweet - Paul Myrvold - Theatre Notes - ...read full review


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"Almost two thirds into this dialogue-driven dramedy the stage suddenly erupts. Without revealing and ruining exactly what happens, let's just say that oral dueling gives way to some, shall we say, Errol Flynn-Basil Rathbone type of action, which is actually rather skillfully executed."

sweet - Ed Rampell - Free Press - ...read full review


Steven Stanley
"A pair of quirky contemporary adult siblings bearing more than a passing resemblance to Anne and Emily Brontë generate dramatic sparks aplenty in Jami Brandli's Sisters Three, that is until Charlotte shows up near the end and the Inkwell Theater World Premiere turns from a mostly quite absorbing two-hander to a solo performance that goes off the deep end … way off."

sweet-sour - Steven Stanley - Stage Scene LA - ...read full review


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"...Sisters Three is content to leave these Bells/Brontes with all of their cracks staring down oblivion with Christmas music chiming merrily in the background. Join the stare-down at your own risk."

sour - Evan Henerson - Curtain Up - ...read full review


Leigh Kennicott
"In Jami Brandli's Sisters Three the ill-fated Brontes are three eccentric women suffering the aftermath of their cherished brother's death, now brought up-to-date, out of the vicarage and into a college student housing single. Emily Jane, played by Dana DeRuyck, has been recast as a graduate mathemetician. Her sister, Anne (a cheeky Kara Hume), has moved in to E.J.'s small student housing, dragging a two-seat canoe along with her. The play teeters irresolutely between sarcasm and satire; we are never sure if we should be amused or appalled. Evaluated as a work in progress, Sisters Three shows promise with the question to be resolved as “to what end”?"

sweet-sour - Leigh Kennicott - Show Mag - ...read full review


Mark Hein
"A lively, intelligent comedy, half realistic and half surreal. And the smart, energetic performances are worth the price of admission."

sweet - Mark Hein - Theatre Ghost - ...read full review


Deborah Klugman
"....the play is mildly amusing and provides meaty roles for women performers, which is all to the good. But it offers few insights, nor does it seem to have much of a point."

sweet-sour - Deborah Klugman - StageRaw - ...read full review


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"The action of the play, under the keen direction of Annie McVey, is crisp and choreographed, a necessity in the intimate space of the VS. Theatre. Dana DeRuyck as Emily carries the emotional weight of the play, while Kara Hume serves up some ditzy comedy as Anne, who might just possibly have a touch of attention deficit. When Robyn Cohen shows up as Charlotte, Sisters Three charts stunning new territory in the category of black comedy."

sweet - Paul Myrvold - Theatre Notes - ...read full review


Avatar
"Almost two thirds into this dialogue-driven dramedy the stage suddenly erupts. Without revealing and ruining exactly what happens, let's just say that oral dueling gives way to some, shall we say, Errol Flynn-Basil Rathbone type of action, which is actually rather skillfully executed."

sweet - Ed Rampell - Free Press - ...read full review


Steven Stanley
"A pair of quirky contemporary adult siblings bearing more than a passing resemblance to Anne and Emily Brontë generate dramatic sparks aplenty in Jami Brandli's Sisters Three, that is until Charlotte shows up near the end and the Inkwell Theater World Premiere turns from a mostly quite absorbing two-hander to a solo performance that goes off the deep end … way off."

sweet-sour - Steven Stanley - Stage Scene LA - ...read full review