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By Anton Chekhov
Directed by Yvonne Shaffer
These short early comedies, (Chekhov himself described them as "vaudevilles"), though light-hearted and indeed often farcical, nevertheless give evidence of Anton Chekhov's perception of our precarious grip on our destinies, a perception which led him to explore the troubled, darkly comic world of his mature work. Adapted here by Yvonne Shafer, they reveal a quizzically amused sympathy for the life of the Russian moujik and the petit bourgeois, expressed in deft] y controlled episodes that range in mood from the melancholy to the wildly funny. They afford a valuable and rare opportunity to witness the work of one of the world's most accomplished playwrights during his apprentice years.
University of Southern Maine, University of Southern Maine Department of Theatre, Anton Chekhov
Arts and Humanities | Theatre and Performance Studies | Theatre History
University of Southern Maine Department of Theatre, "Anton Chekhov: Three Vaudevilles Program" (1991). Programs 1990-1991 Season. 5.
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