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Chekhov: The Essential Plays

Chekhov: The Essential Plays - 03 edition

Chekhov: The Essential Plays - 03 edition

ISBN13: 9780375761348

ISBN10: 0375761349

Chekhov: The Essential Plays by Anton Chekhov - ISBN 9780375761348
Edition: 03
Copyright: 2003
Publisher: Modern Library
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International: No
Chekhov: The Essential Plays by Anton Chekhov - ISBN 9780375761348

ISBN13: 9780375761348

ISBN10: 0375761349

Edition: 03

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Summary

Chekhov's lyrical plays and uproarious farces continue to entertain theatergoers nearly a century after he wrote them. From his early work The Seagull --a depiction of estranged love and thwarted passion that became a great success Stanislavsky's Moscow Art Theater--to his last, The Cherry Orchard --the poignant portrayal of a land-owning family unable to adapt to a changing society--all his plays masterfully combine both levity and pathos. But his comedic genius comes to fruition most fully in his short entertainments, such as the hilarious courtship between a hypochondriac and a shrew depicted in The Proposal. Putting a "slice of life" on stage, Chekhov's dramatic art evokes the painful loneliness of the human condition, yet unfailingly highlights the pretensions and absurdities that make us laugh--at ourselves.