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Three Plays After: The Yalta Game; The Bear; Afterplay
     

Three Plays After: The Yalta Game; The Bear; Afterplay

by Brian Friel
 

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Brian Friel explores the most Chekhovian of themes in his three new works inspired by the great Russian dramatist: the absurd realm which lies between perpetual hope and a penchant for self-destruction. Whether exploring the loneliness of an unhappy marriage (in The Yalta Game, based on Chekhov's story The Lady with the Lapdog), or imagining the

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Brian Friel explores the most Chekhovian of themes in his three new works inspired by the great Russian dramatist: the absurd realm which lies between perpetual hope and a penchant for self-destruction. Whether exploring the loneliness of an unhappy marriage (in The Yalta Game, based on Chekhov's story The Lady with the Lapdog), or imagining the bittersweet meeting of Sonya (Uncle Vanya's niece) and Andrei (the brother of a certain three sisters) in a new work inspired by characters from two Chekhov plays, Friel shows his own masterful range.

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“Remarkable . . . Takes us close to the heart of Chekov.” —Michael Billington, The Guardian

“Brian Friel has come up with an idea more marvellous yet; a world where a character from one Chekhov play meets a character from another, a real Moscow in the 1920s where the three sisters' brother, Andrei, meets Uncle Vanya's niece, Sonya. Afterplay is the finest production I have seen this year. . . . To say that I long to see these productions again is rank understatement.” —Alastair Macaulay, Financial Times

“Friel's [The Bear] is superbly funny, vivid, keenly alert to Chekhov's modern sensitivities to gender issues. . . . [Afterplay is] is finest production I have seen this year.” —Alastair Macaulay, Financial Times

“As an autumnal, middle-aged idyll, [Afterplay] is a little gem in Friel's output--a short story in 3-D--a total delight.” —Michael Coveney, Daily Mail

“[Friel is] a mighty man, a mighty writer, and one of the world's great theater figures.” —Frank McGuinness

The Guardian Michael Billington
Remarkable . . . Takes us close to the heart of Chekov.
Financial Times Alastair Macaulay
Friel's [The Bear] is superbly funny, vivid, keenly alert to Chekhov's modern sensitivities to gender issues. . . . [Afterplay is] is finest production I have seen this year.
Daily Mail Michael Coveney
As an autumnal, middle-aged idyll, [Afterplay] is a little gem in Friel's output—a short story in 3-D—a total delight.
Frank McGuinness
[Friel is] a mighty man, a mighty writer, and one of the world's great theater figures.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780571217618
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date:
12/03/2003
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
5.03(w) x 7.85(h) x 0.38(d)

Meet the Author

Brian Friel was born in Omagh, Co. Tyrone, in 1929. His plays include Philadelphia, Here I Come!, The Loves of Cass Maguire, Lovers, Freedom of the City, Volunteers, Living Quarters, Faith Healer, Dancing at Lughnasa, The Communication Cord, and Translations. In 1980 he founded the touring theatre company, Field Day, with Stephen Rea.

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