The Cherry Orchard
“Senelick’s accomplishment is astounding.”—Library JournalAnton Chekhov is a unique force in modern drama, his works cherished for their brilliant wit and insight into the human condition. In this stunning new translation of one of Chekhov’s most popular and beloved plays, Laurence Senelick presents a fresh perspective on the master playwright and his groundbreaking dramas. He brings this timeless trial of art and love to life as memorable characters have clashing desires and lose balance in the shifting eruptions of society and a modernizing Russia. Supplementing the play is an account of Chekhov’s life; a note on the translation; an introduction to the work; and variant lines, often removed due to government censorship, which illuminate the context in which they were written. This edition is the perfect guide to enriching our understanding of this great dramatist or to staging a production.
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Act Three actors Aleksandr Anton Anton Chekhov ANYA Anya’s auction autodidacticism ballroom brother characters CHARLOTTA IVANOVNA Chekhov publishes Chekhov to Olga Cherry Orchard comedy comic crying cupboard dance Dashenka door drink DUNYASHA Exits father FIRS friends funny GAEV Gaev’s galoshes go to bed half-baked bungler hand happy hear Ivan Kharkov Kisses ladies and gentlemen Laughs leave Leonid Andreich literary living look LOPAKHIN Lyonya Lyuba LYUBOV ANDREEVNA Maksim Gorky Mama dear married Moscow Art Theatre nice Nikolay Olga Knipper one’s overcoat Paris Pause peasant Petersburg Petya pickle PISHCHIK play billiards quietly Ranevskaya rubles Russian Seagull serf servants SIMEONOV-PISHCHIK sitting sleep sold sound stage Stanislavsky stories student Suvorin Taganrog talk tears there’s thing Three Sisters translated TROFIMOV Uncle dear Uncle Vanya VARYA voice weeping What’s Who’s words Yalta Yaroslavl YASHA YEPIKHODOV Yermolay Alekseich you’re young