The Cherry Orchard

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"Drawn from Sharon Marie Carnicke's volume of Chekhov, Four Plays and Three Jokes (Hackett), this edition of The Cherry Orchard features Carnicke's groundbreaking translation of a play that has been called "Chekhov's ultimate theatrical coup d'etat." Acclaim for Chekhov, Four Plays and Three Jokes" "Chekhov doesn't emerge as Ãthe voice of Twilight Russia,' or anything mawkish at all, as he sometimes does, but as a sharp-eyed watcher of some very silly people. Carnicke understands Chekhov and understands Russia."---Robert L. Belknap, Professor Emeritus of Slavic Languages, Columbia University" "Carnicke has aimed to find a middle path between versions that are too colloquial and versions that sound stilted or too formal to the American ear and has succeeded."---Julian W. Connolly, Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Virginia" "[B]eautifully captures the world of Chekhov that continually teeters between human folly and dignified but poignant heartbreak. I cannot imagine a better compilation to introduce actors to Chekhov."---Mary-Joan Negro, Assistant Professor of Theatre Practice, University of Southern California" "Carnicke's Cherry Orchard is direct, easily accessible to young American students, and mercifully free of all that blather that mucks up so much of the other versions that I know."---James Parker, Late Professor of Theatre, Virginia Commonwealth University.

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Editorial Reviews

Village Voice
Jean-Claude van Itallie's adaptation is splendid, colloquial without being cute, simple, moving, funny.
NY Times
I don't think I have ever seen anything quite like this production on a stage before—I left the Beaumont exhilarated.
NY Post
...a new, faithful, very playable and gorgeous translation by Jean-Claude van Itallie.
Weekly Standard
“Senelick . . . has done his job as scholar and translator nearly to perfection.”
From the Publisher

Carnicke's Cherry Orchard is direct, easily accessible to young American students, and mercifully free of all that blather that mucks up so much of the other versions that I know. --James Parker, Late Professor of Theatre, Virginia Commonwealth University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781409944157
  • Publisher: Dodo Press
  • Publication date: 3/20/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 62
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.17 (d)

Meet the Author

Anton Chekhov was born on January 29, 1860 in Taganrog, Russia. He graduated from the University of Moscow in 1884. Chekhov died of tuberculosis in Germany on July 14, 1904, shortly after his marriage to actress Olga Knipper, and was buried in Moscow.

Laurence Senelick is the Fletcher Professor of Drama and Oratory at Tufts University and author of more than a dozen books, including the award-winning The Chekhov Theatre and The Changing Room: Sex, Drag, and the Theatre. He is director of his own translations of Gogol’s The Inspector General (1998) and Euripides’ The Bakkhai (2001).

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Table of Contents


Notes on the Translation

Source and Transliterations

Money and Measures

Russian Names


Introduction: A Taste for Chekhov's Drama

The Cherry Orchard 1

A Selected Bibliography in English 61

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