SO much drama is coming our way, friends! Pull yourselves from the post-holiday slump of frozen driveways and tight waistbands, and join us at the theatre! While TPM is busy preparing Sargent & Victor & Me for its February debut, many local theatre companies have been hard at work preparing for Chekhovfest, running January 22 to February 9. With over 20 shows to see, you’ll have your evenings spoken for, but we want to share the gossip on three shows that we are especially excited about.

This Reality Theatre Company, directed by TPM student rep, Lia Zarillo, will present The Samovar. “Hatched from the subtle and dark words of one of the greatest short story writers of all time comes The Samovar, a series of vignettes depicting the brevity and wit of Anton Chekhov. “ Fun, non?

We’re also very excited to see Andraea Sartist0n, artistic director of our resident theatre company, One Trunk Theatre, perform in Three Sisters: A Black Opera. “Embodying a surreal prairie landscape and a prairie Gothic aesthetic, Three Sisters is a dark comedy that subverts the great prairie narrative, uncovering a clown-like world that is sinister, gauche and suffocating.” Yes, please!

Finally, we cannot help waxing nostalgic over Chekhov and Me, the very first show TPM produced in its In the Chamber series. Written by Winnipegger Mike Bell and produced for Chekhovfest by the Manitoba Association of Playwrights, this piece explores a man’s madness with writer’s block.

There you have it, folks! Of course, we encourage you to see as many Chekhovfest productions as possible. Enjoy!