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Performing Chekhov is a unique guide to Chekhov's plays in performance. It will be indispensable to students, teachers and theatre practitioners interested not only in Chekhov but in the history of the modern stage.
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Performing Chekhov

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Overview

Performing Chekhov is a unique guide to Chekhov's plays in performance. It will be indispensable to students, teachers and theatre practitioners interested not only in Chekhov but in the history of the modern stage.
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Drawing as much as possible on interviews with directors, actors, designers, and other directly involved in productions, Allen (drama, U. of Wolverhampton) explores a number of specific productions he feels are significant and highlights some of the key issues and debates about performing plays by the 19th-century Russian writer. A primary issue is the perennial complaint that nothing happens on stage during his plays. Parts of the study originated as his 1996 Ph.D. dissertation for the University of Birmingham, other parts have been published in earlier versions Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780203019504
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/21/1999
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 2 MB

Table of Contents

List of plates
Preface
Introduction 1
Pt. I Chekhov and Stanislavski
1 'The theatre of mood': the Moscow Art Theatre 11
2 'Stanislavski has ruined my play ...' 22
3 'The line of intuition and feeling': Chekhov and the Stanislavski 'system' 47
Pt. II Chekhov in Russia: after Stanislavski
4 Vakhtangov and Meyerhold 67
5 Efros and Lyubimov 87
Pt. III Chekhov in America
6 Lee Strasberg: truth in acting 107
7 Andrei Serban: upstaging the playwright? 128
8 The Wooster Group: Brace Up! 146
Pt. IV Chekhov in England
9 Theodore Komisarjevsky 161
10 Jonathan Miller 173
11 Mike Alfreds 188
Conclusion 211
Notes 215
References 244
Index of Chekhov's works: titles and characters 251
Index of names, places and topics 254
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