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Anton Chekhov is a unique force in modern drama, his works cherished for their brilliant wit and insight into the human condition. In this stunning new translation of one of Chekhov’s most popular and beloved plays, Laurence Senelick presents a fresh perspective on the master playwright and his groundbreaking dramas. He brings this timeless trial of art and love to life as...more
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It’s true what they say. Chekhov’s got guns!

This is a great play about the decline of the Russian aristocracy, its implications for the working class rising to fill the vacancies left by those cash-stricken families, and the complications propagated by these changes, namely the social inadequacies of those who get sucked into this newfound vacuum.

I read Three Sisters recently and while I did like the play, it did not shake my maracas as much as I had hoped it would. There are intertwining theme...more

in this play a Russian aristocratic family having financial problems and sinking in a large debt, due to the social disturbances and political transformations in the early twentieth century.,were forced to sell their Cherry Orchard, ,which wasn't an ordinary Orchard but the most beautiful one in the entire estate....
while family members are busy at a ceremony inside the palace, their orchard is being sold, in this scene Chekhov emphasize the exaggerated the sensation of indifference,their Loss...more
Chiara Pagliochini
“Perché io sono nata qui, qui sono vissuti mio padre e mia madre, mio nonno, io amo questa casa, senza il giardino dei ciliegi io non capisco più niente della mia vita, e se è proprio necessario venderlo, allora vendete anche me insieme al giardino.”

Credo che questa – anzi, ne sono certa – sia la prima opera per il teatro che leggo in vita mia. L’approccio, lo debbo dire, è stato dei più foschi e ammantati di pregiudizio. Ho sempre pensato – e ancora non sono del tutto immune dal pensiero – che...more
"My life has gone by as though I never lived."

The ending of Anton Chekhov's THE CHERRY ORCHARD, written in nineteen hundred and four, clearly defines the overall theme of the play. The elderly, deaf man-servant laments the changes toward equality and freedom occurring in Czarist Russia, as he prefers to be told what to believe and how to live with roles and values clearly contrasted. But the stratification of society: servant to master, peasant to aristocrat, primitive to elite intelligentsia wo...more
May 29, 2007 Kelly rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: theatre, 19th-century
This play is one of the most desperately sad things I have ever seen. It is a portrait of a family struggling in a period where old and new russia are scraping up against each other in a way that is physically painful to watch. I saw a performance of this while on study abroad at Oxford, and I went to a bookstore after the performance so I could read this over and over again to myself. These characters express so much and just accomplish so desperately little at the end of the day. Some of these...more
Bogdan Liviu
Câtă melancolie în tăiatul vișinilor de la final; cine nu-și imaginează acel sunet implacabil, minuțios, în care pe note aneantizate ecoul neputinței valsează cu deznădejdea apoteotică a morții, în care vidul se ridică-n existență prin însăși căderea arborilor, pierde toată grandoarea operei. Făcând o analogie deloc deplasată, am putea spune chiar c-acei copaci care se-auzeau la depărtare căzând, eram noi, oamenii...iar toporul? Neantul, ce ne va-nghiti pe toți fără discriminare. Numai că-n pies...more
I was FOHM at a theater when we were doing this play with a very well know actress, now unfortunately deceased. I read this over and over before we started the performances and I just couldn't get a handle on it. But when the actors took to the stage it blossomed, exploded, grew life.
Thats what happens with Chekov. It needs to be spoken, to be alive, understood, and appreciated. I would sit in the theater and watch the rehearsals that weren't done outside, in rapt amazement following along wit...more
Пьеса "Вишнёвый сад" очень трогательная. Она переполняет эмоциями, глубоко проникает в чувства читателя и в миг вовлекает его в мир каждого из героев, их мыслей, переживаний и внутреннего состояния. Подобное мастерство влияния словом очень редко встречается, и Чехов в очередной раз подтверждает свой дар и талант.

Этой комедией автор заставляет читателей задуматься над таким вопросом как жертва красотой прекрасного вишнёвого сада ради прибыли, показывая нам почему, как и какими людьми вытесняются...more
Emilian Kasemi
5 stars for the ending, the beautiful and sad ending...

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كتاب باغ آلبالو آخرين اثر چخوف محسوب مي شود. در واقع نمايشنامه اي است كه مدتي پس از انتشار در مسكو به اجرا در مي آيد. چخوف در اين نماشنامه با همان نثر آشنا، شيرين و ساده خودش ما را با زندگي خانواده اي روسي آشنا مي كند. خانواده اي كه زماني براي خود برو و بيايي داشته اند و جزو اشراف محسوب مي شده اند. اما اكنون توان پرداخت تنزيل را هم ندارند و به همين علت، دولت مي خواهد باغ آلبالوي آنها را كه بزرگترين و زيباترين ملك آن منطقه است به حراج و مزايده بگذارند. مادام رانوسكي مالك باغ آلبالو پس مدتي دور ما...more
Malak Alrashed
The Cherry Orchard is a Russian play written by Anton Pavlovich Chekhov, wildly known as a short-stories writer. He is actually considered to be one of the greatest short-story writers in the history of world literature! And as strange as it may sound, but I think that somehow I have enjoyed reading this one play more than any other short story I previously read for him!

I quite loved the dialogues between the characters and the simple language of the play. Here's one of my favorite lines in the...more
Jul 01, 2008 Núria rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: apáticos
En todas las obras de Chéjov ocurre muy poco. Pero 'El jardín de los cerezos' debe ser en la que menos cosas ocurren. Una familia antiguamente próspera está a punto de perder sus propiedades. Ante sí se les presentan varias opciones para salvarla pero se quedan sin hacer nada y lo pierden todo. Básicamente porque aún viven en el pasado. Y ya está. No pasa nada más. Es una obra que habla del fin de la sociedad aristocrática y el ascenso de la burgesía. Pero no nos habla tanto de un contexto histó...more
To me, this play had more value as a historical document than a story. It depicts changing times for the aristocracy in Russia in the late 19th Century, from the perspective of a wealthy family forced to sell off their eponymous Cherry Orchard.

Having seen/heard several Chekhov-inspired parodies on tv/radio - The IT Crowd and The Mighty Boosh most recently - I thought it was about time I got around to his most famous play, which was omitted from the collection I read 10 or so years ago.

Not the e...more
Laura Jean
At times heartbreaking, at times hilarious, Chekhov doesn't disappoint in this one with outlandish characters and a singular voice of reason (the perpetual student!).

The Cherry Orchard serves as a wonderful metaphor for the exchange of power between old Russia and the new. Chekhov well illustrates the power play between different social orders (orders which have little to do with actual wealth, a fact he constantly illustrates with upperclass talk of debts), and how the convention of class-base...more
اولین بار وقتی با باغ آلبالو آشنا شدم که دوستام برای اجرای تیاترش تمرین میکردن، تمام نمایشنامه رو با تصویر بازیگراش تو ذهنم خوندم!
نه چیزی کم داشت، نه اضافه! حس رها کردن گذشته، ترک دلبستگی ها، لیوبو و گایف، آنیا و ... یه قسمت از وجودشون رو گذاشتن و رفتن!
زندگی ما هم همینطوره، ممکنه به چیزهایی دلبستگی داشته باشیم فقط به این دلیل که تنها باقی مونده ی خاطرات و گذشته ی تکرار نشدنی هستن!
هرکس به یه شکلی، به چیزی وابسته س!
اما در نهایت باید رفت!
ازبین رفتن باغ آلبالو، خاطرات رو پاک نمیکنه. شاید اگه مجبور ب...more
The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov

This is the play that I have listened to this morning and it gave me an interesting, maybe breakthrough idea…perhaps it is not my “invention „but if it is, it could be rather exciting.
This is the best known of Chekhov’s masterpieces and a definite classic. I will approach it from a different, positive psychology angle.

It is funny and yet strange how I come across Russian titans, just as the Putin- Godzilla is crushing into Eastern (Former??) Ukraine. Politics,...more
Nov 26, 2008 C. rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to C. by: IB English
It's telling that one of the most oft-written about things in literature is the snapping string in Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard. For me, it sums up the play. I don't know exactly what Chekhov's intentions were when he wrote it - it could have been any number of things, or no particular thing - but I feel the emotion he is trying to communicate. I feel what the characters feel when they hear it. And this is it. Chekhov trusts that the audience will feel what is appropriate, even if they don't tot...more
When I finished reading this play, I wasn't sure what to make of it, and I've been thinking on it for a couple of weeks now. I'm still not entirely sure what I think, but I know it caused me to think about what I thought, so that counts for something. Anyway, I find the humor constantly laced with sadness to be poignant, and I can imagine how this play could be a directorial challenge. I love the old servant who laments the freeing of the serfs. What a wretched fellow; how sad for him to feel th...more
نمايشنامه باغ آلبالو حادثه عمده اي كه هيجان و دلهره ، حيرت و وحشت كند روي نمي دهد . اشخاص كتاب همان هايي هستند كه در زندگي روزمره با آنها برخورد مي كنيم .هيچ كدام نقش برجسته اي ندارند و آن چنان قهرماني نيستند كه در هنگام نمايش اين نمايشنامه ناگزير به انتخاب ستاره ي دست اول باشيم.همه آدم ها در عرض همديگر قرار دارندو تقريبا همگي جز‌٫ لازم نمايشنامه اند.

شخصيت هاي داستان آرامند ، منتظر حادثه مي نشينند وتقدير مي راندشان و تقديرشان را با شكيبايي تحمل مي كنند. گفتي نيروي اراده شان فلج شده است.
Annie Domínguez
En la decadencia de la aristocracia Rusa del siglo XIX nos encontramos con Liuba Andreevna Ranevskaia, que ha sido hasta cierto punto mi personaje favorito demostrando una especie de ignorancia a propósito sobre la situación económica que vive su familia manteniendo el mismo modus vivendi de una adinerada.
Lo que más me ha gustado es el retrato tan cotidiano y realista de la sociedad Rusa. No soy muy fanática de leer obras de teatro, pero esta es muy buena.
A rather humerous farce about changes happening in Russia at the turn of the century.
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Momina Masood
3.5 stars

Of all Chekhov plays that I've read so far, I call this one my favorite. Reasons?

1) Trofimov: easily one of my favorite Chekhovian characters. Mature, honest, unpretentious, sincere; I really liked this guy.

2) Dialogue/Language: very poetic!

3) The Bizarre Element: very less! And I couldn't have been more glad!

4) Trofimov: I really liked this guy.

Well, The Big 4 have been interesting. There are many similarities between all 4 and they give you some inkling of Chekhov as a person, the be...more
This is my first work I've read by Chekhov. So differently wonderful. Comic yet tragic, story of great change in The mid 19th century Russia (40-50 years) after the 1861 Emancipation Proclamation, where a serf could become wealthy and aristocrats lost everything, even the home that they and many generations before them were born in. I adjusted to "indirect action." Written by Chekhov in his last years, struggling with Tuberculous. At one point in his life after his dad passed away, he bought a h...more
Wow! I don't think I have read a play since college--and that would have been Shakespeare.

I suspect that, when read in Russian by someone who knows a lot about Russian history, this play is hysterical. With the extended intro (really quite interesting) and the dialogue, I could see the characters (overspending clueless aristocrat, money-grubbing businessman, perpetual student, etc). But how common these characters were and what they mean to someone well-versed in Russian history is lost on me.

Hard-to-follow (especially the translation I read), and from what I could understand this play is about a bunch of people who are preoccupied with their pasts and their personal problems, and are fond of ranting about them. It's definitely not funny, nor particularly illuminating. Maybe it's better when it's performed, though. It had absolutely no effect on me, except to bore me and frustrate me (because I was trying to get actual meaning from it for class, not because it was intellectually chal...more
Anton Chekhov’s purpose in writing The Cherry Orchard is to comment on the socio-economic state of Russia in the late 1800s to the early 1900s. He accomplishes this through a very sharp, symbolic analysis of Russian aristocracy through the character Madame Ludya Ranevski. At the beginning of the play, Ranevski has been saved by her daughter from financial disaster in France after spending five years away from her Russian estate. Despite a few half-hearted attempts to not lose her estate to furth...more
Thom Swennes
Published and first performed in 1904, this four act play relates the social upheaval of the times. Russia lagged far behind with the western European countries on practically every level. Socially, economically and politically Russia tried, in vane, to reform and catch up with her neighbors. Slowly and painfully the serf system was finally abolished but the social and economical situation was far from stable. The top heavy Russian aristocracy is on the decline and although still in possession o...more
If you had asked me a week ago, I would have told you I read The Cherry Orchard in high school. After reading The Cherry Orchard, my only question is: What Chekhov play did I read in high school? For that matter, was it even Chekhov? I wonder if any of my high school English teachers still have their syllabi from when I was a student, because I really, really want to figure out what I read all of those years ago that I thought was The Cherry Orchard. And yes, I realize all of this has nothing to...more
Stories like this are generally why I stay away from Russian literature and drama (with the exception of Dostoyevsky). I had this tiny little play sitting on my shelf, and the OCD in me decided it would be great to get it out of the way; after all, my copy was only a whopping 49 pages in length. As I do with most classics, I try to find the sparknotes study guide that accompanies the story, and voila! Recipe for getting the full enjoyment out of a story, right? WRONG. I've heard before that Russ...more
Tony duncan
Apr 29, 2008 Tony duncan rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: if you like Russian flowery sad comedies....
An excellent story about the sad conjunction of avoidance and delsuion. I love the way that class issues are presented in a way that are both funny and indicative of how social and class world views are so limiting and don;t reflect reality. On so many levels this shows the bankruptcy of Russian aristocracy and portends the destructiveness that was too come in Russia.

Also my ex girlfriend Liz starred in it in an of off broadway production recently, so I am a little biased.
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Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (Russian: Антон Павлович Чехов) was born in the small seaport of Taganrog, southern Russia, the son of a grocer. Chekhov's grandfather was a serf, who had bought his own freedom and that of his three sons in 1841. He also taught himself to read and write. Yevgenia Morozova, Chekhov's mother, was the daughter of a cloth merchant.

"When I think back on my childhood," Chekhov r...more
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“And what does it mean -- dying? Perhaps man has a hundred senses, and only the five we know are lost at death, while the other ninety-five remain alive.” 40 likes
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