The Cherry Orchard

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Overview

"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: 9781854594129
  • Publisher: Theatre Communications Group
  • Publication date: 4/1/1999
  • Series: Drama Classics Series
  • Pages: 96
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.30 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author


Richard Nelson's many plays include Rodney's Wife, Goodnight Children Everywhere, Drama Desk–nominated Franny's Way and Some Americans Abroad, Tony Award–nominated Two Shakespearean Actors, and James Joyce's The Dead (with Shaun Davey), for which he won a Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical, and the acclaimed Apple Family Plays, a quartet of plays that include That Hopey Changey Thing, Sweet and Sad, Sorry and Regular Singing.

Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky have produced acclaimed translations of Leo Tolstoy, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Nikolai Gogol, Anton Chekhov and Mikhail Bulgakov. Their translations of The Brothers Karamazov and Anna Karenina won the 1991 and 2002 PEN/Book-of-the-Month Club Translation Prizes. Pevear, a native of Boston, and Volokhonsky, of St. Petersburg, are married to each other and live in Paris.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Notes on the Translation

Source and Transliterations

Money and Measures

Russian Names

Pronunciation

Introduction: A Taste for Chekhov's Drama

The Cherry Orchard 1

A Selected Bibliography in English 61

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