From book detail:
Newly repackaged, here are the five masterpieces by one of the world's greatest playwrights, in translation by Ann Dunnigan. As Robert Brustein declares in the foreword to this edition: "in the modern theater...there are none who bring the drama to a higher realization of its human role.
Antom Chekhov: The Major Plays: Ivanov * The Sea Gull * Uncle Vanya * The Three Sisters * THe Cherry Orchard
"Let the things that happen on stage be just as complex and yet just as simple as they are in life. For instance, people are having a meal, just ahving a meal, but at the same time their happiness is created, or their lives are being smashed up." Thus Chekhov summed up the credo that finds expression in the subtle construction and electrically charged atmosphere of his plays. In these portrayals of human beings trapped in a stultifying environment, victimized as much by their own weakness as by the greed of otehrs, the most casual words and everyday actions assume the import of acts of destiny. Tragedy is mingled with farce, protest wars with resignation, in a world that yields from its darkest despair a singular moral affirmation - an affirmation that stands as the final mark and measure of Chekhov's art. As Robert Brustein declares in teh foreward of this edition: "...in the modern theater...there are nonewho bring the drama to a higher realization of its human role."