CHEKHOV'S VANYA ON EVERY STREET

CHEKHOV'S GREAT DRAMA IS SUDDENLY UBIQUITOUS, BUT A NEW STAGE VERSION FALLS SHORT

Astrov, the troubled, drink-prone doctor in Chekhov's Uncle Vanya, asks, "Those who will live a hundred ... years after us, for whom we are struggling now to beat out a road, will they remember and say a good word for us?" Those 100 years are nearly up. The play was first published 98 years ago, when Chekhov was 37 and already ailing with the consumption that would kill him seven years later. He feared that he would soon be forgotten, but today Chekhov--and particularly Uncle Vanya--seems to be everywhere.

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