Uncle Vanya: A New Version by Annie Baker

Uncle Vanya: A New Version by Annie Baker

by Anton Chekhov, Annie Baker
     
 

"Superior to any other Uncle Vanya I've read or seen…Baker practices astonishing verbal magic over and over again."—Clancy Martin, Paris Review

"Strikingly intimate…Free of the stilted or formal locutions that clutter up some of the more antique-sounding translations…Ms. Baker has given the play a natural but distinctly

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"Superior to any other Uncle Vanya I've read or seen…Baker practices astonishing verbal magic over and over again."—Clancy Martin, Paris Review

"Strikingly intimate…Free of the stilted or formal locutions that clutter up some of the more antique-sounding translations…Ms. Baker has given the play a natural but distinctly contemporary American sound."—Charles Isherwood, New York Times

"Devastatingly beautiful…People are going to be talking about this one for years."—Jacob Gallagher-Ross, Village Voice

"More than a modern-dress treatment of a classic work, it's a fresh rethinking of the material from the perspective of a modern mind."—Marilyn Stasio, Variety

Annie Baker, one of the most celebrated playwrights in the United States, lends her truthful observation and elegant command of the colloquial to Anton Chekhov's despairing masterpiece Uncle Vanya. A critical hit in its sold-out Off-Broadway premiere, Baker's telling is a refreshingly intimate and modern treatment of a Chekhovian classic.

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QUOTES:
"Superior to any other Uncle Vanya I've read or seen... Baker practices astonishing verbal magic over and over again." - Clancy Martin, Paris Review

"Strikingly intimate... Free of the stilted or formal locutions that clutter up some of the more antique-sounding translations... Ms. Baker has given the play a natural but distinctly contemporary American sound." - Charles Isherwood, New York Times

"Devastatingly beautiful... People are going to be talking about this one for years." - Jacob Gallagher-Ross, Village Voice

"More than a modern-dress treatment of a classic work, it's a fresh rethinking of the material from the perspective of a modern mind." - Marilyn Stasio, Variety

“Baker’s strikingly colloquial (yet remarkably faithful) translation… eliminates any distance we might feel from these universal characters first created over 100 years ago, but recognizable to — and in — each one of us.” – Brian Scott Lipton, Theatermania

“A soul-satisfying Uncle Vanya.” – Toby Zinman, Philadelphia Inquirer

“The most intimate and engaging exploration of Chekhov’s bleak comedy since Andre Gregory’s Vanya on 42nd Street more than 20 years ago.” – Jeremy Gerard, Bloomberg

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781559364478
Publisher:
Theatre Communications Group
Publication date:
05/27/2014
Pages:
120
Sales rank:
271,004
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.40(d)

Meet the Author


Annie Baker’s plays include The Flick (The Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, Obie Award), The Aliens (Obie Award), Circle Mirror Transformation (Obie Award) and Body Awareness. Her work has been produced at more than a hundred theaters in the U.S. and in more than a dozen countries internationally. Recent honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship, Steinberg Playwright Award and New York Drama Critics Circle Award. She is a resident playwright at the Signature Theatre.

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