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'.

Plays

Author: Anton Pavlovich Chekhov,Michael Frayn

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Drama

Page: 377

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Chekhov Plays

Author: Anton Chekhov

Publisher: Wordsworth Editions

ISBN: 9781840226171

Category: Russian drama

Page: 400

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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'.

Frayn Plays: 3

Here; Now You Know; La Belle Vivette

Author: Michael Frayn

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1350013730

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

Now You Know

Play

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)

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.

Uncle Vanya

Author: David Mamet

Publisher: Grove Press

ISBN: 9780802131515

Category: Drama

Page: 82

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A contemporary adaptation of the classic play which follows a retired professor and his young wife as they return to the country estate left by the professor's deceased first wife

The Sneeze

Author: Michael Frayn,Anton Chekhov

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1350013447

Category: Drama

Page: 80

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Comprising four one-act comic vaudevilles and four short stories adapted for the stage by Michael Frayn, The Sneeze introduces readers to a less familiar selection of work by one of the greatest precursors of modern drama. First published in 1989, this reissue includes The Sneeze; The Alien Corn; The Bear; The Evils of Tobacco; The Inspector-General; Swan Song; The Prospect, and Plots. Michael Frayn's translations of Chekhov's work marry the expertise of the translator with the innate understanding of a master dramatist and are widely regarded as the truest, most authentic renderings of Chekhov's work: 'His keen imaginative sympathy with the great Russian dramatist extends beyond translation . . . But translation is an art at which he excels.' Spectator

Five Plays

Author: Anton Chekhov

Publisher: Stanford University Press

ISBN: 9780804775748

Category: Drama

Page: 312

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Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860–1904) overturned the dramatic conventions of his day and laid the groundwork for contemporary approaches to directing and acting. Now, for the first time, the full lyricism, humor, and pathos of his greatest plays are available to an English-speaking audience. Marina Brodskaya's new translations of Ivanov, The Seagull, Uncle Vanya, Three Sisters, and The Cherry Orchard not only surpass in accuracy all previous translations, but also provide the first complete English text of the plays, restoring passages entirely omitted by her predecessors. This much-needed volume renders Chekhov in language that will move readers and theater audiences alike, making accessible his wordplay, unstated implications, and innovations. His characters' vulnerabilities, needs, and neuroses—their humanity—emerge through their genuine, self-absorbed conversations. The plays come to life as never before and will surprise readers with their vivacity, originality, and relevance.

The Chekhov Theatre

A Century of the Plays in Performance

Author: Laurence Senelick

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521783958

Category: Drama

Page: 441

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Many now consider Chekhov a playwright equal to Shakespeare. Senelick studies how his reputation evolved, and how the presentation of his plays varied and altered from their initial productions in Russia to recent postmodern deconstructions.

Twentieth Century Actor Training

Author: Alison Hodge

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 0415194512

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 251

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Actor training is arguably one of the most unique phenomenons of 20th-century theatre making. This text analyses the theories, training exercises and productions of 14 key directors.

Making a Performance

Devising Histories and Contemporary Practices

Author: Emma Govan,Helen Nicholson,Katie Normington

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134447973

Category: Art

Page: 224

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Making a Performance traces innovations in devised performance from early theatrical experiments in the twentieth-century to the radical performances of the twenty-first century. This introduction to the theory, history and practice of devised performance explores how performance-makers have built on the experimental aesthetic traditions of the past. It looks to companies as diverse as Australia's Legs on the Wall, Britain's Forced Entertainment and the USA-based Goat Island to show how contemporary practitioners challenge orthodoxies to develop new theatrical languages. Designed to be accessible to both scholars and practitioners, this study offers clear, practical examples of concepts and ideas that have shaped some of the most vibrant and experimental practices in contemporary performance.

Uncle Vanya

in a version

Author: Anton Chekhov

Publisher: Faber & Faber

ISBN: 0571300529

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 80

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Anton Chekhov's play Uncle Vanya in a new version by Christopher Hampton. This version will be first staged at the Vaudeville Theatre, London, on 25 October 2012 and run until 16 February 2013. 'It's often said that the best of the Chekhov plays is the one you've seen most recently. Uncle Vanya doesn't have a suicide, like The Seagull, or an adulterous couple and a duel more or less indistinguishable from murder, like Three Sisters; nor does it seem to announce the end of an era, like The Cherry Orchard: all it has is a series of ludicrously bungled attempts at murder and suicide and adultery. Perhaps these failures are what makes it feel the saddest and most truthful of these great tragi-comedies, in which, possibly unique to all drama, not a single word seems redundant or out of place.' - From the author's introduction.

Jamie on a Flying Visit ; And, Birthday

Author: Michael Frayn

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: N.A

Category: Drama in English, 1945- - Texts

Page: 133

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Two plays by the author of "Donkey"s Years", "Noises Off" and "Benefactors". "Jamie on a Flying Visit" charts the gradual destruction of a home by the exuberant but clumsy Jamie, and in "Birthday" pregnant Jess comes to London to visit her student sister on her birthday.

Listen to this

21 Short Plays and Sketches

Author: Michael Frayn

Publisher: Heinemann Educational Books

ISBN: N.A

Category: Drama

Page: 151

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Here

a play in two acts

Author: Michael Frayn

Publisher: Heinemann

ISBN: N.A

Category: Drama

Page: 138

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First & Last

Author: Michael Frayn

Publisher: Bloomsbury Methuen Drama

ISBN: N.A

Category: Drama

Page: 96

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One spring morning a quiet, shy man in his sixties sets out from Land's End to walk the length of his native land. He has never walked more than a dozen miles in his life before, his health is uncertain, his boots are new, and he is too diffident to talk to anyone he meets along the way. His slow, solitary progress up the spine of Britain is watched by an unseen audience - his family and friends at home. How far will he get before he is forced to give up? Is he being heroic or merely selfish? As the days of his absence go by the old alliances and quarrels inside the family shift and alter. What emerges is a story about the arbitrariness of human endeavour and about the tenacious complexity of human relationships; about one man's glimpse of the country he lives in; about courage and about love. First and Last was directed by Alan Dossor in a production for BBC television, with Joss Ackland as the walker.