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Uncle Vanya Chekhov, Anton Pavlovich/ Mamet, David/ Chernomordik, Vlada 1 of 1
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0802131514
ISBN-13: 9780802131515
Sku: 30154326
Publish Date: 7/30/2007
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8.5H x 5.5L x 0.25T
Pages:  82
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Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Mamet's Uncle Vanya is a sparkling restoration of a masterpiece of the modern stage, marked by Mamet's finely tuned ear for dialogue and memorable poetic imagery.
In "Uncle Vanya," a retired professor and his beautiful young wife return to the country estate left by his deceased first wife to find themselves overwhelmed by the stagnant inevitability of the rituals of their life and class, and mercilessly taxed by the encroachment of age at the expense of youth. All of the play's characters are plunged into that precarious state where, in Beckett's words, "the boredom of living is replaced by the suffering of being."
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In Uncle Vanya, a retired professor and his beautiful young wife return to the country estate left by his deceased first wife to find themselves overwhelmed by the stagnant inevitability of the rituals of their life and class and mercilessly taxed by the encroachment of age at the expense of youth. All of the play's characters are plunged into that precarious state where, in Beckett's words, 'the boredom of living is replaced by the suffering of being.'
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One of the greatest plays of the famous Russian author, first performed in 1899. It portrays the disappointments of Ivan Voynitsky ("Uncle Vanya"), who comes to see that he has wasted his life managing the business affairs of his brother-in-law, Serebryakov--who has himself squandered his entire career in a futile attempt to succeed as an academic and scholar.
Author Bio
David Mamet
David Mamet was born on the south side of Chicago in 1947, the son of a labor lawyer and a teacher. He and his younger sister, Lynn, grew up there under the linguistically punctilious eye of their father until David was almost 11, when his parents got a divorce. Lynn and David moved in with their mother and her new husband, who quickly started abusing his new stepchildren. The abuse upset David so much that he moved out of the house and took up with his father again. Living with him, Mamet began to develop an interest in theater, encouraged by an internship at a local community playhouse. In the late 1960s, Mamet went east to college at Goddard College in Vermont, where he devotedly studied theater and where he wrote his first play, "Camel." He was impressive enough as an undergraduate to land successive teaching jobs at Marlboro College and then at Goddard, where he developed a reputation as an incredibly demanding and rewarding teacher. When the teaching work ended, Mamet moved back to Chicago, where he founded the St. Nicholas Theatre Company and started staging his plays regularly, including THE DUCK VARIATIONS in 1972 and, in 1974, SEXUAL PERVERSITY IN CHICAGO, for which he won the important Joseph Jefferson Award for Best New Play. With that award under his belt, Mamet found more and more success, breaking box-office records at the Goodman Theater when his AMERICAN BUFFALO played there in 1975, winning an Obie for SEXUAL PERVERSITY, and winning both an Obie and a New York Drama Critics Circle Award for AMERICAN BUFFALO in 1976. In 1978, with his new wife Lindsay Crouse, Mamet moved to New York City, where his reputation as a playwright with a special gift for dialogue generated work writing screenplays. His first, the 1981 screenplay for THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE, met with mixed reviews, but his 1983 screenplay for THE VERDICT was nominated for an Academy Award. Over the next decade, Mamet won a Pulitzer Prize (for GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS in 1984), directed his first movie (HOUSE OF GAMES, in 1988), picked up another Academy Award Nomination (for THE UNTOUCHABLES in 1988), divorced Lindsay Crouse, married Rebecca Pidgeon, and wrote a seemingly endless number of plays, screenplays, essays, and children's books. By 1997, when his screenplay for WAG THE DOG both received an Academy Award nomination and seemed eerily to forecast a string of scandal-tainted events in the Clinton administration, Mamet was considered one of America's premiere dramatists. But the brighter his star shone in public, the more Mamet seemed to retreat from the glare of the entertainment industry, moving with Pidgeon and their daughter Clara into a 19th century farmhouse in Vermont, where he cultivated his image as a curmudgeon, a Luddite, and a cigar-smoking, straight-talking, hardworking community man.

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"'Uncle Vanya' exists in order that full-length portraits may be drawn of certain delightful but absurd eccentrics such as only Chekhov's tolerant but unrelenting analysis could make real....Such company is neither brilliant nor exciting, but when seen through the keen, gentle and almost passionless eyes of Chekhov it is as interesting as any company could be. He neither admires, nor lectures, nor despises them. He is neither sentimentalist, nor satirist, nor cynic. And yet there is something which inspires in him both a profound interest and a complete understanding." - J.W. Krutch 5/7/1930

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Product attributeeBooks:   Kobo
Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0082
Product attributePublisher:   Grove/Atlantic
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