Frayn Plays: 3

Here; Now You Know; La Belle Vivette

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Author: Michael Frayn

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1350013722

Category: Drama

Page: 351

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The new collection from the author of the Booker-shortlisted novel Headlong and the internationally acclaimed play Copenhagen Here: "about time, space and life...A touching, brilliant construction. It's both deeply thought and deeply felt' (Sunday Times); Now You Know: "Frayn's light but serious, marvellous new play, about official and unofficial secrets, about idle curiosity and investigative purpose" (Observer); La Belle Vivette: "Frayn's elegant libretto... Michael Frayn has made an Offenbach opera a farce to be reckoned with...a razor-sharp reworking" (Mail on Sunday) Michael Frayn was born in 1933 in the suburbs of London and began his career as a reporter on the Guardian, before becoming a columnist. His novels include The Tin Men, The Russian Interpreter, Towards the End of Morning and The Trick of It. He has written a number of plays for television and the stage, including translations of Chekhov and smash hits such as his screenplay Clockwise and his plays Donkeys' Years, Noises Off, Alarms and Excursions and Copenhagen. Deborah Levy "does not deal with realism, she does not deal with magic realism, rather she draws out a new territory, and if we follow we will find ourselves suspended over views we have not seen before" Jeanette Winterson, Observer

Chekhov Plays

The Seagull; Uncle Vanya; Three Sisters; the Cherry Orchard

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Author: Anton Chekhov

Publisher: Methuen Drama

ISBN: 9781474261463

Category:

Page: 464

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Translated, with an introductory essay, by Elisaveta Fen, and with an Introduction by A.D.P. Briggs. Anton Chekhov's popularity in the west is without parallel for a foreign writer. He has been absorbed into our culture, and accepted as one of our own. His plays lend themselves easily to the stage, calling for actors with intelligence and common sense rather than a dramatic voice or histrionic skills. He takes from everyday life themes of frustration which apply to us all - the difficulty of carving out a happy existence, the problems of love, the fading of hope, the universal feeling that time passes and we never quite get things right. This seems pessimistic, and yet Chekhov claimed he was writing comedy. Readers, actors and directors must decide for themselves which way to play these pieces. They are full of sadness, but a sadness described as the 'darkness of the last hour before the dawn'. Whether tragic or comic, however, they are works of the first importance. The Cherry Orchard has been described as 'the best play since Shakespeare', Three Sisters as 'the best play in the world'.

Now You Know

Play

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Author: Michael Frayn

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1350013366

Category: Drama

Page: 96

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"One of theatre's subtlest, most sophisticated minds" (The Times) Now You Know: "Frayn's light but serious, marvellous play, about official and unofficial secrets, about idle curiosity and investigative purpose" (Observer)

Frayn Plays: 2

Balmoral; Benefactors; Wild Honey

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Author: Michael Frayn

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1350013706

Category: Drama

Page: 320

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"One of theatre's subtlest, most sophisticated minds" (The Times) Benefactors conjures the world of the suburbs observed through the lens of post-imperialism; "dazzling.. This prismatic work circumscribes the disillusionment of an era" (New York Times); Balmoral dares to imagine what Britain would be like if it had gone through the Russian revolution in 1917; "a sophisticated drollery, an educated amusement" (New Statesman); Wild Honey is a reworking of Checkov's first play (also known as Platonov) and is shot through with farce, feminism and eroticism.

Plays

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Author: Anton Pavlovich Chekhov,Michael Frayn

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Drama

Page: 377

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Plays

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Author: Anton Pavlovich Chekhov,Michael Frayn

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Drama

Page: 377

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Jamie on a Flying Visit ; And, Birthday

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Author: Michael Frayn

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: N.A

Category: Drama in English, 1945- - Texts

Page: 133

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Two plays by the author of "Donkey"s Years", "Noises Off" and "Benefactors". "Jamie on a Flying Visit" charts the gradual destruction of a home by the exuberant but clumsy Jamie, and in "Birthday" pregnant Jess comes to London to visit her student sister on her birthday.

Plays, 3

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Author: David Storey

Publisher: Methuen Publishing

ISBN: 9780413723505

Category: English drama

Page: 280

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The latest collection of David Storey's plays; including the newly revised and revived The Changing Room. Introduced by the author This third volume of David Storey's plays contains The Changing Room (Royal Court 1971): "If The Changing Room is Storey's most powerful drama, it is because he has found in sport his purest metaphor for the war of existence" (Time Magazine); Cromwell (Royal Court 1973): "An exploration of the vices and virtues of the English Puritan instinct using the historical associations of the Cromwellian period. On top of that it is also an impressive piece of poetic drama employing a spare, flinty, concrete language that seems to be hewn out of rock…a rich and complex play" (Guardian); Life Class: "a portrait of a man, dangerous, controlled, and wounded, who brings down his whole career in one enormous gesture signifying that all we hold of good from the past is now incapable of renewal and irrelevant to our present needs…Life Class is not merely a very good play. It is a blazing masterpiece…It is a tremendous experience and its glare lights up the sky." (Sunday Times) "David Storey is a writer who genuinely extends the territory of drama" (Guardian)

Listen to this

21 Short Plays and Sketches

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Author: Michael Frayn

Publisher: Heinemann Educational Books

ISBN: N.A

Category: Drama

Page: 151

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First & Last

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Author: Michael Frayn

Publisher: Bloomsbury Methuen Drama

ISBN: N.A

Category: Drama

Page: 96

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One spring morning a quiet, shy man in his sixties sets out from Land's End to walk the length of his native land. He has never walked more than a dozen miles in his life before, his health is uncertain, his boots are new, and he is too diffident to talk to anyone he meets along the way. His slow, solitary progress up the spine of Britain is watched by an unseen audience - his family and friends at home. How far will he get before he is forced to give up? Is he being heroic or merely selfish? As the days of his absence go by the old alliances and quarrels inside the family shift and alter. What emerges is a story about the arbitrariness of human endeavour and about the tenacious complexity of human relationships; about one man's glimpse of the country he lives in; about courage and about love. First and Last was directed by Alan Dossor in a production for BBC television, with Joss Ackland as the walker.

British Playwrights, 1956-1995

A Research and Production Sourcebook

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Author: William W. Demastes

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780313287596

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 502

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The year 1956 marked a point when British drama and theater fell into the hands of a group of young playwrights who revolutionized the stage. Due to the contributions of playwrights such as Samuel Beckett, John Osborne, and Harold Pinter, the last four decades of British theater have been as rich and varied as any national theater in history. This reference includes entries for some three dozen British playwrights active from 1956 to 1995, with entries providing biographical, theatrical, critical, and bibliographical information.

Uncle Vanya

in a version

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Author: Anton Chekhov

Publisher: Faber & Faber

ISBN: 0571300529

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 80

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Anton Chekhov's play Uncle Vanya in a new version by Christopher Hampton. This version will be first staged at the Vaudeville Theatre, London, on 25 October 2012 and run until 16 February 2013. 'It's often said that the best of the Chekhov plays is the one you've seen most recently. Uncle Vanya doesn't have a suicide, like The Seagull, or an adulterous couple and a duel more or less indistinguishable from murder, like Three Sisters; nor does it seem to announce the end of an era, like The Cherry Orchard: all it has is a series of ludicrously bungled attempts at murder and suicide and adultery. Perhaps these failures are what makes it feel the saddest and most truthful of these great tragi-comedies, in which, possibly unique to all drama, not a single word seems redundant or out of place.' - From the author's introduction.

The Cambridge Introduction to Chekhov

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Author: James N. Loehlin

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139493523

Category: Drama

Page: N.A

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Chekhov is widely acknowledged as one of the most influential literary figures of modern times. Russia's preeminent playwright, he played a significant role in revolutionizing the modern theatre. His impact on prose fiction writing is incalculable: he helped define the modern short story. Beginning with an engaging account of Chekhov's life and cultural context in nineteenth-century Russia, this book introduces the reader to this fascinating and complex personality. Unlike much criticism of Chekhov, it includes detailed discussions of both his fiction and his plays. The Introduction traces his concise, impressionistic prose style from early comic sketches to mature works such as 'Ward No. 6' and 'In the Ravine'. Examining Chekhov's development as a dramatist, the book considers his one-act vaudevilles and early works, while providing a detailed, act-by-act analysis of the masterpieces on which his reputation rests: The Seagull, Uncle Vanya, Three Sisters and The Cherry Orchard.

Spotlight: An Anthology Of One Act Plays

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Author: Tickoo,M. L.,Sasikumar,Paul Gunashekar

Publisher: Orient Blackswan

ISBN: 9788125008194

Category:

Page: 204

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Here are six one-act plays that represent a variety of dramatic writing. Each play is followed by exercises to encourage the student in his search for individual meaning and critical appreciation.

DIE MÖWE

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Author: Anton Tschechow

Publisher: Musaicum Books

ISBN: 8027210771

Category: Drama

Page: 330

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Die Möwe ist ein Drama von Anton Tschechow aus dem Jahre 1895. Tschechows Stück spielt auf dem Land im zaristischen Russland der Jahrhundertwende (19./20. Jahrhundert). In schrecklicher Langeweile öden die Gäste auf einem Landsitz einander an: Sie gehen sich mit kleinen Sticheleien auf die Nerven und machen sich so das Leben zur Hölle. Der Sohn einer Schauspielerin, Konstantin Gavrilovič Treplev, möchte Schriftsteller werden und hat ein kleines Theaterstück geschrieben, welches am Abend auf einer improvisierten Bühne den Gästen vorgespielt werden soll. Die Hauptrolle spielt dabei seine Geliebte und Muse Nina. Treplev leidet jedoch unter der ständigen Nörgelei seiner Mutter, die sein schriftstellerisches Talent und sein ganzes Leben in Frage stellt. Außerdem hat sie einen Freund, Boris Alekseevič Trigorin, der ebenfalls und bereits sehr erfolgreich Schriftsteller ist. Diesen Trigorin führt sie immer wieder an, wenn sie versucht, Treplevs Selbstvertrauen in sich und seine Arbeit zu schwächen. Bei der Aufführung von Treplevs Stück kommt es schließlich zum Eklat, Mutter und Sohn geraten in Streit. Mehr und mehr zeigt sich, dass Nina sich zu Trigorin hingezogen fühlt...

Der Kirschgarten

Dramen

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Author: Anton P. Čechov,Vera Bischitzky

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783423138352

Category:

Page: 565

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Contemporary Novelists

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Author: Lesley Henderson,Noelle Watson

Publisher: St James Press

ISBN: 9781558620360

Category: American fiction

Page: 1053

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Contains entries for each author with a biography, a list of separately published books, and an essay.

The Cambridge Companion to Chekhov

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Author: Vera Gottlieb

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521589178

Category: Drama

Page: 293

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This volume, first published in 2000, is an accessible Companion on one of the most important dramatists in the repertoire.