The 'Sneeze'

by  Michael Frayn

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A collection of four one-act comic vaudevilles and four short stories adapted for the stage by Michael Frayn.

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Comprising four one-act comic vaudevilles and four short stories adapted for the stage by Michael Frayn, The Sneeze introduces readers to a less familiar selection of work by one of the greatest precursors of modern drama. First published in 1989, this reissue includes The Sneeze; The Alien Corn; The Bear; The Evils of Tobacco; The Inspector-General; Swan Song; The Prospect, and Plots. Michael Frayn's translations of Chekhov's work marry the expertise of the translator with the innate understanding of a master dramatist and are widely regarded as the truest, most authentic renderings of Chekhov's work: 'His keen imaginative sympathy with the great Russian dramatist extends beyond translation ...But translation is an art at which he excels.' Spectator
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"How refreshing to encounter the great Chekhov with a spring in his heel rather than winter in his heart." - London Sunday Express

"Brilliant...A joyful night." - Jewish Chronicle

"Dry, buoyant, funny and sharp." - London Observer

"An excellent evening's entertainment." - London Tribune


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    $45 per short play individually



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Michael Frayn

Michael Frayn was born in London in 1933. He began his career as a reporter for the Guardian and later the Observer. After leaving the Observer he continued to write as a columnist as well as publishing novels and plays for television and stage. His plays for stage include: Copenhagen, After Life, The Two of Us, Alph ...

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