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Chekhov Shorts

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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 business 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 reveling in the broad comedy of human behavior, 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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  • Product Details

    Author:
    Anton Chekhov, Stephen Mulrine
    Format:
    Paperback
    Pages:
    128
    Publisher:
    Theatre Communications Group (April 29, 2014)
    Language:
    English
    ISBN-13:
    9781848422919
    ISBN-10:
    1848422911
    Weight:
    5oz
    Dimensions:
    5" x 7.75"
    Case Pack:
    60
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    Folder:
    CONSORTIUM
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    $15.50
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    $20.95
    Publisher Identifier:
    P-PER
    Discount Code:
    A
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