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Ancient drama about war speaks to our time

NEW YORK, June 27 (UPI) -- You can hear the audience at a performance of Aeschylus' 2,500-year-old play, "The Persians," draw in its communal breath when one of the characters speaks movi

'Zanna, Don't!' lovable musical about love

NEW YORK, May 2 (UPI) -- "Zanna, Don't!," a new Off-Broadway musical, is a thoroughly delightful concept about love in an upside down world performed by the most electric cast of newcomers since "Rent" established itself on Broadway.

Feature: Hollywood celebrates 'The Method'

LOS ANGELES, April 11 (UPI) -- Hollywood actors will celebrate movies that emphasize acting and story over spectacle and special effects over the next week, at the 5th annual Method Fest.
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

Blood test could help purge tuberculosis

OXFORD, England, April 3 (UPI) -- Mounting evidence suggests that medical scientists armed with a rapid new blood test may be able to eradicate the ancient threat of tuberculosis once and for all by hunting down reserves of the microbe hiding dormant in billions of people worldwide.

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Turgenev's ' Fool' lights up Broadway

NEW YORK, April 26 (UPI) -- The 19th century Russian novelist-dramatist Ivan Turgenev may be best known in the theater for "A Month in the Country," but one of his long forgotten plays, "F

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Anton Pavlovich Chekhov Russian: Антон Павлович Чехов (29 January 1860 – 15 July 1904) was a Russian short-story writer, playwright and physician, considered to be one of the greatest short-story writers in the history of world literature. His career as a dramatist produced four classics and his best short stories are held in high esteem by writers and critics. Chekhov practiced as a doctor throughout most of his literary career: "Medicine is my lawful wife", he once said, "and literature is my mistress."

Chekhov renounced the theatre after the disastrous reception of The Seagull in 1896; but the play was revived to acclaim in 1898 by Constantin Stanislavski's Moscow Art Theatre, which subsequently also produced Uncle Vanya and premiered Chekhov’s last two plays, Three Sisters and The Cherry Orchard. These four works present a challenge to the acting ensemble as well as to audiences, because in place of conventional action Chekhov offers a "theatre of mood" and a "submerged life in the text."

Chekhov had at first written stories only for financial gain, but as his artistic ambition grew, he made formal innovations which have influenced the evolution of the modern short story. His originality consists in an early use of the stream-of-consciousness technique, later adopted by James Joyce and other modernists, combined with a disavowal of the moral finality of traditional story structure. He made no apologies for the difficulties this posed to readers, insisting that the role of an artist was to ask questions, not to answer them.

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