Anton Chekhov is Taking Over Philadelphia
Lately, Anton Chekhov, the Russian dramatist and doctor famed for his masterful short stories, seems to be popping up all over Philadelphia. Both Villanova University and Arcadia University recently did productions of Chekhov’s play, Three Sisters. Now Pig Iron Theatre Company, the latest addition to Canaryâ€™s roster, is gearing up to present the world premiere of their new work, CHEKHOV LIZARDBRAIN, in late March. The play, which draws from the work of Paul D. MacLean (the mind behind the triune brain theory) and Chekhov’s Three Sisters, is a comic mash-up of neuroscience and surrealism. Sounds like the thinking manâ€™s comedy, no? I remember reading a Chekhov short in a Russian Cinema course a few years ago, but I’ve never read his work extensively. It’s looking like I’ll have to join the Chekhov bandwagon before I get left in the literary dust. Yesterday, I was paging through a January edition of Time Magazine and came across Lev Grossman’s review of J. Peder Zane’s The Top 10, which is basically the ultimate reading list guide created by some of the greatest living authors around. Zane asked the likes of Norman Mailer, Annie Proulx, Michael Chabon and over 100 other celebrated writers to weigh in on their favorites. Time Magazine printed the “all-time, ultimate Top Top 10 list” derived from the lists of all the writers combined and guess who showed up at #9? Anton Chekhov of course, with The Stories of Anton Chekhov. Looks like Iâ€™ll have to add him to my reading list for sure. Perhaps heâ€™ll even sneak into my Top 10.
Submitted by canary on Thu, 03/01/2007 - 3:32pm
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