Uncle Vanya

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Chekhov's tragicomedy, replete with the kinds of characters we have come to know as "Chekhovian," incorporates unrequited loves and a murder plot while exploring the social roles of women and the notion of progress. Curt Columbus's splendid new translation and adaptation underscores the contemporary relevance of this prophetic play.
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Overview

Chekhov's tragicomedy, replete with the kinds of characters we have come to know as "Chekhovian," incorporates unrequited loves and a murder plot while exploring the social roles of women and the notion of progress. Curt Columbus's splendid new translation and adaptation underscores the contemporary relevance of this prophetic play.
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So, what happens in Uncle Vanya? Not much; just life, played out over four acts. There are rich people, and there are people who work for the rich people, whom the rich people don't really care about. There is a gun fired in anger and desperation, but there aren't any bodies to carry off stage. There are men making fools of themselves over women. There are those who accept their fates and wait for their rewards in heaven, and there are others who don't care one way or another. There is a character whose name is in lights as the title, but he doesn't add up to all that much. Chekhov's play moves so languidly that, without a vibrant cast, an understanding director, and a lively translation, it stands the chance of passing under the radar of the average audience. Columbus's reworking of the script (done for Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre Company) aims at accessibility, replacing the "outdated colloquialisms" and "brittle prose" of earlier translations. And, for the most part, it's OK. It's not revelatory or revolutionary, but it stands as good a chance as any of getting the audience to come back after intermission. Recommended for collections in need of a new copy of this work. Larry Schwartz, Minnesota State Univ. Lib., Moorhead Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781420930566
  • Publisher: Neeland Media
  • Publication date: 1/1/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 84
  • Sales rank: 1,027,723
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.20 (d)

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Curt Columbus is Artistic Director of The Trinity Repertory Company. His translations of Three Sisters and Uncle Vanya are in the Plays for Performance series, published by Ivan R. Dee. Mr. Columbus lives in Providence, Rhode Island.
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    Posted November 15, 2007

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    I really enjoyed this book. I thought it was sweet and dramatic at the same time. I recomend it for people who love to read, yet can't stand long books. Happy reading!

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