Three Plays After

The Yalta Game, The Bear, Afterplay

Brian Friel

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Brian Friel explores the most Chekhovian of themes in his three new works inspired by the great Russian dramatist: the absurd realm which lies between perpetual hope and a penchant for self-destruction. Whether exploring the loneliness of an unhappy marriage (in The Yalta Game, based on Chekhov's story The Lady with the Lapdog), or imagining the bittersweet meeting of Sonya (Uncle Vanya's niece) and Andrei (the brother of a certain three sisters) in a new work inspired by characters from two Chekhov plays, Friel shows his own masterful range.

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"Remarkable . . . Takes us close to the heart of Chekov." --Michael Billington, The Guardian

"Brian Friel has come up with an idea more marvellous yet; a world where a character from one Chekhov play meets a character from another, a real Moscow in the 1920s where the three sisters' brother, Andrei, meets Uncle Vanya's niece, Sonya. Afterplay is the finest production I have seen this year. . . . To say that I long to see these productions again is rank understatement." --Alastair Macaulay, Financial Times

"Friel's [The Bear] is superbly funny, vivid, keenly alert to Chekhov's modern sensitivities to gender issues. . . . [Afterplay is] is finest production I have seen this year." --Alastair Macaulay, Financial Times

"As an autumnal, middle-aged idyll, [Afterplay] is a little gem in Friel's output--a short story in 3-D--a total delight." --Michael Coveney, Daily Mail

"[Friel is] a mighty man, a mighty writer, and one of the world's great theater figures." --Frank McGuinness

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Brian Friel

Brian Friel was born in Omagh, Co. Tyrone, in 1929. His plays include Philadelphia, Here I Come!, The Loves of Cass Maguire, Lovers, Freedom of the City, Volunteers, Living Quarters, Faith Healer, Dancing at Lughnasa, The Communication Cord, and Translations. In 1980 he founded the touring theatre company, Field Day, with Stephen Rea.

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Three Plays After
The Yalta Game, The Bear, Afterplay
Brian Friel

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Trade Paperback
Faber & Faber
Faber and Faber, Inc.
December 2003
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780571217618
ISBN10: 0571217613
4 15/16 x 7 7/8 inches, 128 pages
$14.00
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