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43_The Cherry Orchard

43 THE CHERRY ORCHARD Anton Chekhov (Russia, 1904)

Class: Theatre History Part II

The estate of Madame Ranevskaya is about to be auctioned and friends and family gather there one last time to reflect on their lives and the fate of the entire Russia. This play is about the end of a world - aristocracy and serfdom - and the beginning of a new one starting with industrialization.

I think I definitely have troubles understanding Russian writers. The Cherry Orchard is supposed to be a comedy but while I could see what was meant to be funny it failed to make me laugh. The topic is very bittersweet and to help us understand it the professor compared it to Gone with the Wind, but I simply did not care about the characters and their dialogues made very little sense to me. Finally, the heavy use of symbolism I usually enjoy did not do much for me this time.

Tags: drama

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