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The Seagull

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A Methuen Student Edition of Chekhov's classic play in Michael Frayn's acclaimed translation.

When it first opened in St Petersburg in 1896, The Seagull survived only five performances after a disastrous first opening night. Two years later it was revived by Nemirovich-Danchenko at the newly-founded Moscow Art Theatre with Stanslasky as Trigorin and was an immediate success
Paperback, 65 pages
Published April 25th 2002 by Bloomsbury Methuen Drama (first published 1895)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Чайка = Chayka = The Seagull, Anton Chekhov
The Seagull is a play by Russian dramatist Anton Chekhov, written in 1895 and first produced in 1896. The Seagull is generally considered to be the first of his four major plays. It dramatises the romantic and artistic conflicts between four characters: the famous middlebrow story writer Boris Trigorin, the ingenue Nina, the fading actress Irina Arkadina, and her son the symbolist playwright Konstantin Tréplev.

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Henry Avila
Sep 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
A group of self -loathing, pity -seeking people of four women, six men in a large Russian country estate with a nearby beautiful lake to swim or fish in, plenty of room to take walks in a tranquil, lovely setting ... the outdoors such a change from city noise during the late nineteenth century may require the reader's patience, since a couple are rich and famous; they protest too much as the saying goes. In Anton Chekhov 's play all have a dark side the surface appearances hides their turmoil as ...more
Mar 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
My first play of Chekhov.....After reading it peacefully on my library desk... I am going to watch it tonight. I'll try to write my opinion on it !
After my reading of his stories, some of my GR friends had suggested me to try his plays. I earnestly obeyed them with this first play of Chekhov. I found once again very similar beauty and charm in it, which had made me his instant admirer, when I'd first gone through his wonderful stories.

There are four main characters in this pla
I know you love me; I'm touched. I just don't love you back, that's all.
Masha Act I ~~ Anton Chekhov -- The Seagull



The Seagull was my introduction to Chekhov in college. I read, analysed and directed it. The translation I reread today was the same I studied in college, Stark Young. This is Young's most successful translation of Chekhov I believe. It is not as stilted and academic as his other translations; Young also succeeds and bringing about an emotional
Finishing The Seagull, I have now read the quartet of what's known as Chekhov's major plays.
The Seagull 1896
Uncle Vanya 1897
The Three Sisters 1901
The Cherry Orchard 1904

So I saved the first for last and I think probably the best for last as well. But they are all outstanding and I encourage anyone who hasn't read them to give them a try. They all came within a few years of the turn of the 20th century, and at that time and place they were as good as it get's. And they hold their own today, still
Jun 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I just noticed this is my 100th review. Or perhaps it is my 98th if you only count the sober ones (unless of course you’re using the Alex method, in which case I’ve only written two reviews because it’s only the drunken ones that count), and so I shall allow myself in light of this occasion to blather away without bothering my head about any forms whatsoever. (As opposed to the usual.)

Which reminds me of a quote I came across recently…
“The conviction is gradually forcing itself upon me that g
3 1/2 stars. Some keen observations on writers and writing, and actors and acting.
Bam cooks the books ;-)
“A young girl grows up on the shores of a lake, as you have. She loves the lake as the gulls do, and is as happy and free as they. But a man sees her who chances to come that way, and he destroys her out of idleness, as this gull here has been destroyed.”

Nina is a beautiful, young, aspiring actress in love with the author Trigorin who is perhaps only in love with himself. "How easy it is to be a philosopher on paper, and how difficult in real life."
David Schaafsma
Aug 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: plays
The Seagull is the first Chekhov play I ever saw performed, sometimes in the seventies, in a production by the Stratford Festival Theater in Stratford, Ontario in 1968, when I was 15, and I will never forget the performance of Nicholas Pennell as the playwright Konstantin Tréplev. I saw one other production in the early seventies at my college. I am reading the short stories of Chekhov now, and it is my plan to reread all of his major plays at some point, but I re-read it at this time because th ...more
Mar 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing
March 9, 2009

When I read a play, I am always aware of what a limited view I have of the work, knowing that I am seeing a mere skeleton without any flesh, a framework on which must be hung the realization of the work of art; thinking that I have truly experienced the play by just reading it is, I think, much like convincing myself that I know a Beethoven symphony simply because I have read the score. I have never seen Chekhov’s “Seagull” produced, and that is frustrating. I have read about it and
Feb 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
How easy it is, Doctor, to be a philosopher on paper and, how difficult in real life.

The Seagull was a delightful exploration of binary contrasts, a meditation rocking the countryside as a mélange of folk gather by the shore of a lake for some Slavic R&R: adultery and suicide. I am only kidding. Echoing Hemingway, one would imagine all of Mother Rus hanging themselves judging by the pages of its marvelous literature. The contrast between urban and rural is explored as is the space between art an
B. P. Rinehart
Dec 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
I first encountered Chekhov when I read The Portable Chekhov short story collection. As amazing as those stories are, I had been waiting to introduce myself to what has made him one of the great masters of the arts: his plays. This play, like most Russian art of the 19th century is realism and the influence of Leo Tolstoy is obvious. But unlike Tolstoy, whose works always strived to impart greater ideals and truths to his audience, to preach. Chekhov is not a preacher, but a doctor and he goes a ...more
Sep 24, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: plays
Maybe I have ro read it twice, which I think I will also do. It's a play so that means lot's of dialogues. But I got lost in the personages because I didn't concentrate enough at the beginning. I think the tale was good so it's worth to do it. I will certainly also read 'uncle Vanya' and 'the cherry garden'.
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Description: When it opened in St Petersburg in 1896, The Seagull survived only five performances after a disastrous first night. Two years later it was revived by Nemirovich-Danchenko at the newly-founded Moscow Art Theatre with Stanslasky as Trigorin and was an immediate success. Checkhov's description of the play was characteristically self-mocking: "A comedy - 3F, 6M, four acts, rural scenery (a view over a
David Sarkies
Sep 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Russian literature seems to have a very bleak undertone to it, though I must admit that the only Russian authors that I have read are Dostoyevsky and Chekhov, and the only other author that I know of (and do intend to read one day) is Tolstoy. I guess when you are swamped with the plethora of English writers, then writers from other nations really have to stand out to be noticed, but then I suspect that that is also the case in England.

I am not su
Dec 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't know why I find Chekhov so much more accessible than Dostoyevsky or Tolstoy, but his works never fail to pull me in.

Chekhov's keen observations, his own long life of bachelorhood (until marrying at 41-- and even then, in a rather unconventional marriage) and lengthy list of love affairs must have surely contributed to his cynical, distraught characters.

The Seagull is a heart-wrenching complicated love triangle of Masha loves Constantine, Constantine loves Nina, Nina loves Trigorin (who
Stephanie Davies
Jul 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Chekhov described his play as “a comedy, three f., six m., four acts, rural scenery (a view over a lake); much talk of literature, little action, five bushels of love,” a description which hardly does justice to one of the best additions to the literature canon. The Seagull is concerned with such compelling topics as unrequited love, failure, abandonment, and the banality and stifling mediocrity of life. There are certainly funny moments within the play-- for instance, it is difficult to point a ...more
I liked this play, but it is very brooding and strange, like much of the other Russian literature I have read. I always feel as if there's something I am missing because I don't understand the language and culture, and cannot read this in the original. Maybe if I read more, it will baffle me less.

Jan 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As most of you who read the Classics already know, The Sea-Gull is a play written by Anton Chekhov in 1895. it is the first of his 4 plays. There are many characters in this play all with complicated, well- developed characters.

I have to say, I not only read the play, I watched it on Youtube. It was performed at the Williamstown MA Theatre Festival in 1975. Some pretty awesome actors, both female and male, were cast in the play. The emotions were high and intense. There were so many love triangl
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was looking at the television listings a few days back (Yes, I am a dinosaur like that. In this age of Netflix, I still look at television listings) and I discovered that a movie called 'The Seagull' was playing in the evening. Without doing any research, I knew immediately that it must be the film adaptation of Anton Chekhov's play. It was a new film, from last year (2018). I was surprised because I didn't know that a film adaptation of a Chekhov play had come out recently. Why didn't it get ...more
Oct 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
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NINA: All men and beasts, lions, eagles, and quails, horned stags, geese, spiders, silent fish that inhabit the waves, starfish from the sea, and creatures invisible to the eye—in one word, life—all, all life, completing the dreary round imposed upon it, has died out at last. A thousand years have passed since the earth last bore a living creature on her breast, and the unhappy moon now lights her lamp in vain. No longer are the cries of storks heard in the meadows, or the drone of beetles in th ...more
I can't say I quite enjoyed this play, but at least now I know first-hand what the arch-famous Chekhov's gun is truly like and will henceforth be using the metaphor less willy-nilly and more properly.

Not a half bad bit of knowledge to gain, heh!
The Seagull, written in 1895, received disastrous reviews initually, but when it was produced again, in 1898, it was a success. The depressed characters are doubtless easy for people to identify with. Most people in the novel are unhappy because they love people that don't really see them. The title, as suggested by the character Trigorin, himself an author, is a metaphor for freedom and the impossibility of freedom when one's love isn't returned.

The play challenges the actors as well as the aud
Jan 31, 2010 rated it really liked it
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Margaret Carpenter
Jan 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: theatre
This was a decisive play in Chekhov's career as a writer. After it flopped in 1896 he actually renounced the theatre as a whole. The irony is not lost on me, as much of the play is spent discussing the pros and cons of modern theatre and the ruts it falls into.
Trigorin and Nina are, in my opinion, two of the greatest characters he ever wrote, and one of the greatest opportunities an actor could have. I still hold out hope to see a production of Chekhov one day.
Alan Allis
Sep 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
My second Chekhov play. Very good, not as much as 'Three Sisters', but still amazing. Next stop: 'Uncle Vanya'
Abubakar Mehdi
Dec 11, 2014 rated it liked it
A fine play by Chekhov. I liked it more than Ivanov for its characterization and dialogue, but the protagonist was in many ways identical to Ivanov. There is this raw and bareness about Chekhov that impresses me every time I read him. His writings are devoid of any pretense. Plain and tragic, just the way LIFE is.
nadia | notabookshelf
Mar 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: theatre, russian
due to personal reasons, this play has been reread and very much enjoyed. again, rediscovering my 6th grade assigned reading is going really well
Dec 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
It has been a long time since I had run any of Anton Chekhov's plays, but after I read his long short story "The Steppe" while on vacation, I wanted to take another look. We are sometimes so cowed by Tolstoyevsky -- as my late mother called him -- that we ignore that there are other Russian writers who are just as great.

The central symbol in The Seagull is, of course, the dead seagull. I can imagine high school teachers making much of this, but I don't think one can assign any cut-and-dried mean
Feb 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
beautiful, quiet, powerful, cruel...just like life!
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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," Chekh

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