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Uncle Vanya - Full Length Play

Uncle Vanya

Anton Chekhov, Brian Friel

Full Length Play

5m, 4f

ISBN: 9780822217503

Two lives, Uncle Vanya and his niece Sonya, are at the core of this pl…

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Two lives, Uncle Vanya and his niece Sonya, are at the core of this play. They work their small estate, live frugally and keep their emotions tightly reined in. Then they are visited by a relative, Professor Serebryakov, and his beautiful young wife, Elena. Vanya falls helplessly in love with Elena, Sonya with a local doctor—and their lives implode.
"This UNCLE VANYA, which Friel worked up from a literal translation by Una Ni Dhubhgaill, is a fresh, stripped-down take on the 1899 Russian play. With a sharp ear, Friel tightens the diction; with a dramatist's eye, he sharpens the confrontations…Friel has magically managed to find a Friel in Chekhov and a Chekhov in Friel…" —NY Post. "Friel and Chekhov constitute a fine match…Friel [makes] of…a century-old play a contemporary plea for mercy and grace." —Variety.


5m, 4f


Brian Friel

Brian Friel (1929-2015) largely considered modern Ireland's leading playwright, was born to a schoolmaster and a postmistress. After working as a teacher in Derry for ten years, he married Anne Morrison and moved to Donegal to begin writing in earnest. His first significant theatrical success was Philadelphia, Here I Come, which debuted to rave reviews at the Dublin Theatre Festival in 1964. He ... view full profile

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