This collection features Chekhov's best-known short plays in brand new translations: three farces, two comic duologues and a monologue, all of them referred to by Chekhov as vaudevilles' and all written in the late 1880s before any of his great full-length plays. I don't much care for theatre,' he wrote at the time, but I do enjoy vaudevilles.'
The Bear, The Proposal and The Wedding are all farces on the preposterous busness of courtship and marriage. A Tragic Figure and Swansong are comic duologues: one about a civil servant sweltering in Moscow coping with the incessant demands of his family from their summer dacha, the other about a melancholy old actor perked up by memories of past glories. On the Evils of Tobacco is a bittersweet monologue in which a scientific lecture is hijacked by thoughts of domestic misery.
These accurate and actable translations by Chekhov expert Stephen Mulrine reveal a dramatist revelling in the broad comedy of human behaviour, a comedy which was refined in his later masterpieces.
Highly entertaining, these comic shorts offer a fascinating insight into Chekhov's development as a dramatist, and will provide actors at any level student, amateur or professional with an ideal showcase.
This edition also includes an introduction, a chronology of key dates, and a pronunciation guide.
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|Size: ||1.2 MB|
|Publisher: ||Nick Hern Books|
|Date published: || 2014|
|ISBN: ||9781780012599 (DRM-EPUB)|
|Read Aloud: ||not allowed|