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Cherry Orchard, The (Stoppard) - Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

Cherry Orchard, The (Stoppard)

Anton Chekhov, Tom Stoppard

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Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

9m, 5f

ISBN: 9780573697500

English version by Tom Stoppard
From a literal translation by Helen Rappaport
As produced by London's Old Vic and later, New York's BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) in 2009.


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Full Length Play

Dramatic Comedy

As produced by London's Old Vic and later, New York's BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) in 2009.

Anton Chekhov was a master whose daring work revolutionized theatre. In The Cherry Orchard, his last full-length play, an impoverished landowning family is unable to face the fact that their estate is about to be auctioned off. Lopakhin, a local merchant, presents numerous options to save it, including cutting down their prized cherry orchard. But the family is stricken with denial. The Cherry Orchard charts the precipitous descent of a wealthy family and in the process creates a bold meditation on social change and bourgeois materialism.

“Without pressing it, this Cherry Orchard, in a nimble new version by Tom Stoppard that invites fresh comic shadings, pushes that sense of the incongruous not so much into farce as into Alice in Wonderland absurdity...Mr. Stoppard’s adaptation is full of classically Stoppardesque instances of eloquence gone awry.” - The New York Times
“A sure-footed reworking by Tom Stoppard!” - New York Magazine
“I can’t recall another production of The Cherry Orchard in which comedy and elegey were so well balanced...there was never a moment when I was anything other than enthralled.” - The Wall Street Journal
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Tom Stoppard

Tom Stoppard

Sir Tom Stoppard is a Czech-born playwright. He began his career in England in 1954 as a journalist, soon moving to London in 1960 to start work as a playwright. His first play, A Walk on the Water (1960), which was televised in 1963, soon reached London with a stage version titled Enter a Free Man (1968). His next work, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (1964-65), showed at the 1966 Edinburgh ... view full profile

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