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Chekhov: Shorts



Anton Chekhov; Translated by Stephen Mulrine


Nick Hern Books

This collection features Chekhov’s best-known short plays in brand new translations: three farces, two comic duologues and a monologue, all of them referred to by Chekhov as “vaudevilles” and all written in the late 1880s before any of his great full-length plays. “I don’t much care for theatre,” he wrote at the time, ‘but I do enjoy vaudevilles.’

The BearThe Proposal and The Wedding are all farces on the preposterous business of courtship and marriage. A Tragic Figure and Swansong are comic duologues: one about a civil servant sweltering in Moscow coping with the incessant demands of his family from their summer dacha, the other about a melancholy old actor perked up by memories of past glories. On the Evils of Tobacco is a bittersweet monologue in which a scientific lecture is hijacked by thoughts of domestic misery.

These accurate and actable translations by Chekhov expert Stephen Mulrine reveal a dramatist reveling in the broad comedy of human behavior, a comedy which was refined in his later masterpieces.

Highly entertaining, these comic shorts offer a fascinating insight into Chekhov’s development as a dramatist, and will provide actors at any level – student, amateur or professional – with an ideal showcase.

This edition also includes an introduction, a chronology of key dates, and a pronunciation guide.

Anton Chekhov (1860-1904), a physician by training, is now considered the most notable 20th-century Russian dramatist. His major plays, all staged by Stanislavsky at the Moscow Art Theatre, helped establish psychological realism in European theatre.

Stephen Mulrine is a Glasgow-born poet and playwright who has written extensively for radio and television, and published numerous translations, including a number of titles in the NHB Drama Classics series.

 


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