The Seagull

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Every actor and actress should have a copy of this classic play in their library. The six main characters in the play have been portrayed by virtually every famous thespian. The play itself is known for its realism, which was unusual in 1896 when it debuted. It was not initially a great success, which is anticipated by Chekhov within the play itself as two main characters are struggling writers.

The play is an adaptation of Hamlet. It is Oedipal in tone. Arkadina is a famous actress who is universally worshipped. Her narcissism and demands for love and attention alienate her from her gifted son, whose maturity belies Arkadina’s youthful demeanor. As the play opens, her son has written a futuristic surrealistic play, which is interrupted by Arkadina’s demands for attention. There are also many demands for love within the play as the three couples spurn or yearn for their beloved. It is a play in four acts. It is the second play written by Chekhov, one of the world’s greatest writers, and it is a joy to read his words and stories.


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Author Anton Chekhov, Translated by Anton Korenev
Star Count 4/5
Format Hard
Page Count 139 pages
Publisher Anton Korenev Entertainment
Publish Date 2021-Jan-09
ISBN 9781953608000
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Issue January 2021
Category Popular Fiction
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