Chekhov Plays

The Seagull; Uncle Vanya; Three Sisters; the Cherry Orchard

Author: Anton Chekhov

Publisher: Methuen Drama

ISBN: 9781474261463

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Page: 464

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Translated, with an introductory essay, by Elisaveta Fen, and with an Introduction by A.D.P. Briggs. Anton Chekhov's popularity in the west is without parallel for a foreign writer. He has been absorbed into our culture, and accepted as one of our own. His plays lend themselves easily to the stage, calling for actors with intelligence and common sense rather than a dramatic voice or histrionic skills. He takes from everyday life themes of frustration which apply to us all - the difficulty of carving out a happy existence, the problems of love, the fading of hope, the universal feeling that time passes and we never quite get things right. This seems pessimistic, and yet Chekhov claimed he was writing comedy. Readers, actors and directors must decide for themselves which way to play these pieces. They are full of sadness, but a sadness described as the 'darkness of the last hour before the dawn'. Whether tragic or comic, however, they are works of the first importance. The Cherry Orchard has been described as 'the best play since Shakespeare', Three Sisters as 'the best play in the world'.
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Plays

Author: Anton Pavlovich Chekhov,Michael Frayn

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Drama

Page: 377

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Frayn Plays: 3

Here; Now You Know; La Belle Vivette

Author: Michael Frayn

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1350013722

Category: Drama

Page: 351

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The new collection from the author of the Booker-shortlisted novel Headlong and the internationally acclaimed play Copenhagen Here: "about time, space and life...A touching, brilliant construction. It's both deeply thought and deeply felt' (Sunday Times); Now You Know: "Frayn's light but serious, marvellous new play, about official and unofficial secrets, about idle curiosity and investigative purpose" (Observer); La Belle Vivette: "Frayn's elegant libretto... Michael Frayn has made an Offenbach opera a farce to be reckoned with...a razor-sharp reworking" (Mail on Sunday) Michael Frayn was born in 1933 in the suburbs of London and began his career as a reporter on the Guardian, before becoming a columnist. His novels include The Tin Men, The Russian Interpreter, Towards the End of Morning and The Trick of It. He has written a number of plays for television and the stage, including translations of Chekhov and smash hits such as his screenplay Clockwise and his plays Donkeys' Years, Noises Off, Alarms and Excursions and Copenhagen. Deborah Levy "does not deal with realism, she does not deal with magic realism, rather she draws out a new territory, and if we follow we will find ourselves suspended over views we have not seen before" Jeanette Winterson, Observer
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Frayn Plays: 2

Balmoral; Benefactors; Wild Honey

Author: Michael Frayn

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1350013706

Category: Drama

Page: 320

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"One of theatre's subtlest, most sophisticated minds" (The Times) Benefactors conjures the world of the suburbs observed through the lens of post-imperialism; "dazzling.. This prismatic work circumscribes the disillusionment of an era" (New York Times); Balmoral dares to imagine what Britain would be like if it had gone through the Russian revolution in 1917; "a sophisticated drollery, an educated amusement" (New Statesman); Wild Honey is a reworking of Checkov's first play (also known as Platonov) and is shot through with farce, feminism and eroticism.
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Now You Know

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Author: Michael Frayn

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1350013366

Category: Drama

Page: 96

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"One of theatre's subtlest, most sophisticated minds" (The Times) Now You Know: "Frayn's light but serious, marvellous play, about official and unofficial secrets, about idle curiosity and investigative purpose" (Observer)
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Plays

Author: Anton Pavlovich Chekhov,Michael Frayn

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Drama

Page: 377

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The Cambridge Introduction to Chekhov

Author: James N. Loehlin

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139493523

Category: Drama

Page: N.A

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Chekhov is widely acknowledged as one of the most influential literary figures of modern times. Russia's preeminent playwright, he played a significant role in revolutionizing the modern theatre. His impact on prose fiction writing is incalculable: he helped define the modern short story. Beginning with an engaging account of Chekhov's life and cultural context in nineteenth-century Russia, this book introduces the reader to this fascinating and complex personality. Unlike much criticism of Chekhov, it includes detailed discussions of both his fiction and his plays. The Introduction traces his concise, impressionistic prose style from early comic sketches to mature works such as 'Ward No. 6' and 'In the Ravine'. Examining Chekhov's development as a dramatist, the book considers his one-act vaudevilles and early works, while providing a detailed, act-by-act analysis of the masterpieces on which his reputation rests: The Seagull, Uncle Vanya, Three Sisters and The Cherry Orchard.
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Spotlight: An Anthology Of One Act Plays

Author: Tickoo,M. L.,Sasikumar,Paul Gunashekar

Publisher: Orient Blackswan

ISBN: 9788125008194

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Page: 204

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Here are six one-act plays that represent a variety of dramatic writing. Each play is followed by exercises to encourage the student in his search for individual meaning and critical appreciation.
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