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By David Allen

Appearing Chekhov is a different consultant to Chekhov's performs in functionality. will probably be essential to scholars, academics and theatre practitioners not just in Chekhov yet within the background of the fashionable degree.

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The director had to ensure that the spectator really felt they had gone – and everything in the house has become empty, as if the lid has been nailed down on the coffin, as if everything has died forever. Without this, there is no Act, without this the play has no ending. … What would happen if the spectators did not feel ‘they’ve gone’, but simply that the actors had gone back to the dressing room to take off their make-up? Could an actor alone convey everything necessary, by his exit? They say there are actors who can do this.

But Kugel wanted to see the character portrayed in ‘all his uselessness’, as a ‘good-for-nothing’ (nedotepa), and all his idealism and efforts to understand the world exposed as futile. 53 Kugel’s review in fact shows that Stanislavski’s production was far from a tragic elegy for a vanishing past, as has been suggested. 54 Stanislavski confessed that when the production opened it was far ‘Stanislavski has ruined my play …’ 35 from ready; it ‘enjoyed only an average success, and we blamed ourselves for not being able, from the very first, to portray the most important, beautiful and precious qualities of the play’.

Hay-making. Heat. The steppe. The town cannot yet be seen in the mist. Some kind of small bird calls persistently, monotonously. Now and again a gust of wind brushes the leaves and causes a rustling. In the distance a field of rye sways, like waves (the reflection of a spotlight on a metal sheet). Occasionally a withered branch falls to the ground. There are people walking through the wood, and we hear the crack of snapping twigs. A corncrake, frogs, songs, mist from the trap-door. Dunyasha and Yasha sit on the steps and Epikhodov on a gravestone.

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