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Because Chekhov’s plays convey the universally recognizable, sometimes comic, sometimes dramatic, frustrations of decent people trying to make sense of their lives, they remain as fresh and vigorous as when they were written a century ago. Gathered here in superb new renderings by one of the most highly regarded translators of our time—versions that have been staged throughout the United States, Canada, and Great Britain—are Chekhov’s four essential masterpieces for the theater.
Anton Chekhov was a late nineteenth-century Russian physician turned author and playwright. While studying at medical school, Chehkov took up writing as a source of income to support himself and his family. Though he eventually developed a love of writing and became a successful author, Chekhov continued practicing medicine for much of his life, once stating that medicine was his wife and writing his mistress. Chekhov’s most famous works include the short stories “The Lady with the Dog,” “The Bishop,” and “Neighbours” as well as the plays The Cherry Orchard, Uncle Vanya, and The Seagull. Chekhov died in 1904.read more