The cherry orchard
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 adaptation with its Irish vernacular allows us to re-imagine the events of the play in the last days of Anglo-Irish colonialism, giving The Cherry Orchard vivid new life within our own history and social consciousness.
Murphy's adaptation of The Cherry Orchard premiered at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, on 17 February 2004.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - mamzel - LibraryThing
Poor money management forces a family to sell its property including a large cherry orchard. Before closing the property, however, everyone returns to bid each other farewell. Comedic moments include ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - IsaboeOfLumatere - LibraryThing
Quite interesting, but I think Chekhov was right when he predicted the "Russian-ness" of the play would not work as well for foreign audiences. Read full review