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Uncle Vanya

Uncle Vanya - Anton Chekhov

bookshelves: play-dramatisation, fraudio, slavic, winter20092010, published-1899, environmental-issues, psychology, classic

Read on January 24, 2010

"We must be patient" (waiting for natural death).

The comic tragedy of lost hopes and stifled passion set in 1890s Russia. Christopher Hampton's adaptation stars Robert Stephens.
Broadcast on:
BBC Radio 7, 2:30am Sunday 24th January 2010


Wiki sourced info - Uncle Vanya is unique among Chekhov's major plays because it is essentially an extensive reworking of a play published a decade earlier, The Wood Demon.[2:] By elucidating the specific changes Chekhov made during the revision process -- these include reducing the cast-list from almost two-dozen down to a lean nine, changing the climactic suicide of the The Wood Demon into the famous failed homicide of Uncle Vanya, and altering the original happy ending into a more problematic, less final resolution -- critics such as Donald Rayfield, Richard Gilman, and Eric Bentley have sought to chart the development of Chekhov's dramaturgical method through the 1890s.