Checking Out Chekhov: A Guide To The Plays For Actors, Directors, And Readers by Sharon Marie CarnickeChecking Out Chekhov: A Guide To The Plays For Actors, Directors, And Readers by Sharon Marie Carnicke

Checking Out Chekhov: A Guide To The Plays For Actors, Directors, And Readers

bySharon Marie Carnicke

Paperback | October 15, 2013

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This book paints a vivid portrait of Anton Chekhov-a Russian writer whose elusive personality and richly detailed plays have left an indelible imprint upon the world's theatre. Every page reveals the joys and difficulties of his short life, his comic sensibility, deep compassion, and often puzzling use of dramatic style and genre. Carnicke demystifies Chekhov's plays-forged from his literary innovations, avid theatergoing, love of vaudeville, and loathing of melodrama. She interweaves biographical and cultural information with insightful case studies and close analysis to leave her reader with a full and fresh perspective on an artist who is as foundational to theatrical traditions as are Shakespeare and Stanislavsky.
(PhD Columbia University) is Professor of Theatre and Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Southern California. Her translations of Chekhov's plays have been produced by theatres nationwide to public acclaim, and were published as Chekhov: 4 Plays and 3 Jokes, which was a finalist for the 2010 National Translation Awar...
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Title:Checking Out Chekhov: A Guide To The Plays For Actors, Directors, And ReadersFormat:PaperbackDimensions:200 pagesPublished:October 15, 2013Publisher:Academic Studies PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1618113208

ISBN - 13:9781618113207

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"A strong background in Russian language and culture, combined with professional theater experience as an actress and director, prepared Sharon Carnicke not only to translate Chekhov's plays for performance but also to illuminate the mysteries of his works for theater artists preparing to stage the plays. Certainly it is actors and directors who have the most to gain from this 'guide to the plays,' which also serves as an intelligent introductory study for general readers. Carnicke covers the basics-transliteration, how Russian names are used, capsule biography, late nineteenth-century theatrical genres-while offering enough fresh insight into Chekhov's world and his work to hold the interest of those already familiar with the plays."