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The Cherry Orchard: A Comedy in Four Acts (Modern Plays) [Paperback]

Tom Murphy , Anton Pavlovich Chekhov
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1 Nov 2004 Modern Plays
Published to tie in with the world premiere at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin In Chekhov's tragi-comedy - perhaps his most popular play - the Gayev family is torn by powerful forces, forces rooted deep in history and in the society around them. Their estate is hopelessly in debt: urged to cut down their beautiful cherry orchard and sell the land for holiday cottages, they struggle to act decisively. Tom Murphy's fine vernacular version allows us to re-imagine the events of the play in the last days of Anglo-Irish colonialism. It gives this great play vivid new life within our own history and social consciousness.

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  • Paperback: 92 pages
  • Publisher: Berg 3PL; New edition edition (1 Nov 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0413774031
  • ISBN-13: 978-0413774033
  • Product Dimensions: 18.6 x 14.4 x 0.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 627,092 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Anton Pavlovich Chekhov was born in 1860 in Taganrog, a
port in southern Russia. His father was a former serf. In 1879, after
receiving a classical education at the Taganrog Gymnasium, he
moved to Moscow to study medicine. During his university years he
helped support his family by writing stories and sketches for
humorous magazines. By 1888 he was contributing to Russia's most
prestigious literary journals and regarded as a major writer. He also
started writing plays: his first full-length play, Ivanov, was produced
in 1887. After undertaking a journey to visit the penal colony on the
Siberian island of Sakhalin in 1890, he settled on a country estate
outside Moscow, where he continued to write and practise medicine.
His failing health forced him to move to Yalta in 1898, where he
wrote his most famous short story, 'The Lady with the Little Dog'
(1899), and two of his best-known plays: Three Sisters (1901) and
The Cherry Orchard (1904), written with Stanislavsky's Moscow Art
Theatre in mind. In 1901 he married the company's leading actress,
Olga Knipper. He died from tuberculosis in Badenweiler, Germany,
in July 1904 at the age of 44.

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"The Cherry Orchard is a serious and moving play, but it's also a very funny one, something Mike Poulton's new version brings out strongly." The Stage "Mike Poulton's new translation gives the dialogue a contemporary edge." Alfred Hickling, The Guardian" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Tom Murphy's plays include On The Outside, A Whistle in the Dark, Famine, The Morning After Optimism, The Sanctuary Lamp The Blue Macushla, Conversations on a Homecoming, Bailegangaire, Too Late for Logic, The Wake. His Awards include The Irish Academy of Letters Award, the Irish Times/ESB Lifetime Award, the Irish Times/ESB Theatre Award. He was born in Tuam Co. Galway. He lives in Dublin. ?The most distinctive, the most restless, the most obsessive imagination at work in the Irish theatre today.'--Brian Friel Anton Chekhov first turned to writing as a medical student as Moscow University, from which he graduated in 1884. Among his early works were short monologues, The Evils of Tobacco, one-act farces, The Bear, The Proposal, The Wedding, and the extremely long Platonov material. His first completed full-length play was Ivanov (1887) followed by The Wood Demon (1889), Three Sisters (1901) and The Cherry Orchard (1904).

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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic. 4 Jun 2014
By Moonshine. VINE VOICE
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Great reading of a classic play. The quality is excellent and the play is performed with relish and professional expertise.
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Unlike the philipsad I was not forced at gunpoint to read this. I went willingly to see it when a local company was having an international theatre festival and even at 12 it struck me as powerful, moving, deeply honest, relevant and affecting. Years later I saw a television adaptation, still as powerful though lacking some nuances and minor sub-plots. Then I bought this radio adaptation which I found to be very much abridged, so that some of the power was lost. But the acting was still top notch for the medium.
I wonder why those who commented on the only "review" were - I think - genuine in their appreciation for the play but not enough to save it from having an average rating (out of just the one person with an ax to grind but no idea of what he was writing about) by writing another review. Could it be that amazon no longer accepts all reviews? Surely not. If it turns out to be so I'll post this as a "comment" to sadphil's review even he's not worth it with his violent tendencies and mental instability. Chekov is worthy of being saved from this sort of groundless dumbing down by dumb people. I use dumb as an euphemism, of course.
I don't much care for amazon's policy of having this single review present on different versions/edition of the play. I', m all for pitying the stupid but I have no sympathy for major corporations validating their narrow-mindedness.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great play 20 Oct 2013
By Helena
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Great play
Don't like all aspects of this translation. Would recommend reading while listening to audiobook version. (Which inevitably is a different translation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent service 9 Mar 2013
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I love this play but I decided not to go for a partin in it but the service was excellent.
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