• Pete Miller

    And, if this has got you hungry for some Chekhov, scoot to DC for the Accidental Chekhov Festival – http://www.vanyadc.com/

  • jeaniette

    Lots of lovely things here. The compare and contrast between Shakespeare, Chekhov and Beckett — and Brooks’ masterful way of giving these concepts theatrical form are spot on. In retrospect, this allows us to see how the great questions of human existence run through the work of our greatest artists. But in comparing the disconnect of today’s world, engendered by technology, with something “preternaturally contemporary,” in Chekhov’s writing, Copeland makes a mistake antithetical to Chekhov. Copeland asserts that then, like now — “they are never so alone as when they are together.” But I believe that were Chekhov alive today, he would have no more have passed judgment on our world — or on us, the “characters” of today — as either “disconnected” OR “connected.” He would have shown some of us who feel joined by technology, and some who feel alienated. Copeland assumes his take on the modern world is an established truism, while Chekhov never, ever assumes any one point of view. Chekhov’s characters are no “more alone than when together” than any of us are. Or are not. Then or now.