Grove Press, 1989 - Drama - 82 pages
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Mametís Uncle Vanya is a sparkling restoration of a masterpiece of the modern stage, marked by Mametís finely tuned ear for dialogue and memorable poetic imagery.
In "Uncle Vanya," a retired professor and his beautiful young wife return to the country estate left by his deceased first wife to find themselves overwhelmed by the stagnant inevitability of the rituals of their life and class, and mercilessly taxed by the encroachment of age at the expense of youth. All of the playís characters are plunged into that precarious state where, in Beckettís words, ďthe boredom of living is replaced by the suffering of being.Ē
Working from a literal translation by Vlada Chernomordik, Mamet, who has also adapted Chekhovís Three Sisters and The Cherry Orchard, opens the way for a contemporary audience to establish immediate contact with a classic, infusing the power of Chekhovís play with the potent precision of his own modern voice.
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