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The The Cherry Orchard Cherry Orchard

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by Anton Chekhov
     
 

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The Cherry Orchard was first produced by the Moscow Art Theatre on Chekhov's last birthday, January 17, 1904. Since that time it has become one of the most critically admired and performed plays in the Western world, a high comedy whose principal theme, the passing of the old semifeudal order, is symbolized in the sale of the cherry orchard owned by Madame

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The Cherry Orchard was first produced by the Moscow Art Theatre on Chekhov's last birthday, January 17, 1904. Since that time it has become one of the most critically admired and performed plays in the Western world, a high comedy whose principal theme, the passing of the old semifeudal order, is symbolized in the sale of the cherry orchard owned by Madame Ranevsky.
The play also functions as a magnificent showcase for Chekhov's acute observations of his characters' foibles and for quizzical ruminations on the approaching dissolution of the world of the Russian aristocracy and life as it was lived on their great country estates. While the subject and the characters of the work are, in a sense, timeless, the dramatic technique of the play was a Chekhovian innovation. In this and other plays he developed the concept of "indirect action," in which the dramatic action takes place off stage and the significance of the play revolves around the reactions of the characters to those unseen events.
Reprinted from a standard edition, this inexpensive well-made volume invites any lover of theater or great literature to enter the world of Madame Ranevsky, Anya, Gayef, Lopakhin, Firs, and the other memorable characters whose hopes, fears, loves, and general humanity are so brilliantly depicted in this landmark of world drama.

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.
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

Weekly Standard
“Senelick . . . has done his job as scholar and translator nearly to perfection.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780486112749
Publisher:
Dover Publications
Publication date:
04/03/2012
Series:
Dover Thrift Editions
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
64
Sales rank:
341,934
File size:
570 KB
Age Range:
14 Years

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James Parer
"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)

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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The Cherry Orchard 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Cherry Orchard is a book about the new and old in tranditioning evonomic times. Very Downton Abbey-esc
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Guest More than 1 year ago
It is a last play wrote by Chekhov. It is a true masterpice.