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Uncle Vanya

Uncle Vanya

By Anton Chekhov
Adapted by Annie Baker
Imprint: Theatre Communications Group
Paperback : 9781559364478, 120 pages, May 2014


Annie Baker, one of the most celebrated playwrights in the United States, lends her truthful observation and elegant command of the colloquial to Anton Chekhov's despairing masterpiece Uncle Vanya. A critical hit in its sold-out Off-Broadway premiere, Baker's telling is a refreshingly intimate and modern treatment of a Chekhovian classic.


"More than a modern-dress treatment of a classic work, it's a fresh rethinking of the material from the perspective of a modern mind. " —Marilyn Stasio, Variety

"Strikingly intimate. .. Free of the stilted or formal locutions that clutter up some of the more antique-sounding translations. .. Ms. Baker has given the play a natural but distinctly contemporary American sound. " —Charles Isherwood, New York Times

"Devastatingly beautiful. .. People are going to be talking about this one for years. " —Jacob Gallagher-Ross, Village Voice

"Superior to any other Uncle Vanya I've read or seen. .. Baker practices astonishing verbal magic over and over again. " —Clancy Martin, Paris Review