Five Comic One-Act Plays
Anton ChekhovISBN: 0-486-40887-6;
Издательство: Dover Publications
One of the foremost dramatists of the nineteenth century, Russian author Anton Chekhov created a body of work noted for its realistic dialogue and keen insights into human relationships. This collection of five one-act plays-in the celebrated Constance Garnett translations-shows Chekhov at his witty best. The Anniversary takes a lively look behind the frenetic scenes at a bank; a man overburdened with errands from friends and family gives a nearly maddened but ludicrous account of his chores and obligations in An Unwilling Martyr, and The Wedding depicts scenes from a wedding reception in which the mother of the bride assumes affected airs and deals with quarrelsome guests. In The Bear, a virtuous, spirited widow is pressed to repay a debt and ends up receiving an offer of marriage. The Proposal depicts the trauma of a would-be suitor who winds up in a wrangle over property. Theater lovers, students of drama and literature, and other readers, as well as amateur and...