[ US /ˈtʃɛkɑv/ ]
  1. Russian dramatist whose plays are concerned with the difficulty of communication between people (1860-1904)
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  • Webster begins on such a stagy note that he loses the chance to move the audience, making it one of the less-compelling chunks of this mostly amusing evening of seldom-performed Chekhov.
  • No authorial comment has been more widely noted than the request of Chekhov that his plays be performed as comedies.
  • The Cherry Orchard written by Chekhov is a comedy, but not a comedy of traditional sense.
  • ‘Their crimes,’ Chekhov remarks, looking at these supposedly hardened recidivists, ‘were no more clever and cunning than their faces.’
  • Completing the programme is a revival of Ashton's La Valse, his elegant demonic setting of Ravel's titular score, and Winter Dreams, Kenneth MacMillan's concentrated adaptation of Chekhov's Three Sisters. This week's new dance
  • Chekhov's short story ‘Peasants' harrowingly captures the nastiness, brutishness and shortness of life in a village of the time.
  • The critical judgments are venturesomely banal ( "In countless variations, both fictional and dramatic, he studies illusions destined sooner or later to be shattered against the trivialities of everyday life"), and the psychological probings, full of self-congratulatory assumptions about Chekhov's motivations, unconsciously resemble, at times, Nabokov's parody of the "scholar" who writes the bogus preface to Lolita. Short Reviews
  • Chekhov recounts how his horse-driven tarantass, an uncomfortable springless carriage, almost collided with three post troikas racing in the opposite direction, drivers asleep at the reins - it was nearly a fatal collision.
  • Chekhov's life straddled two epochs of Russian history.
  • He did several set designs for the left-wing Unity Theatre, including productions of Shaw's The Applecart, Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard and Arthur Miller's The Crucible, the last employing a non-realistic design separating the stage with cheesecloth screens.
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