“But [playwright Annie Baker] never uses slang terms: she never cheapens the dialogue, she doesn’t Americanize it in that unfortunate way so many filmmakers have tried to Americanize Shakespeare. Dachas are still dachas; peasants are still peasants. When Astrov complained about the destruction of forests and ‘climate change’ I winced, and I worried for Baker: then I went to the text and in fact Baker had it right—Chekhov was just ahead of his time—Astrov does in fact express concerns about deforestation and its effect on the climate.”
—Clancy Martin, “On Uncle Vanya: Part Two”

“But [playwright Annie Baker] never uses slang terms: she never cheapens the dialogue, she doesn’t Americanize it in that unfortunate way so many filmmakers have tried to Americanize Shakespeare. Dachas are still dachas; peasants are still peasants. When Astrov complained about the destruction of forests and ‘climate change’ I winced, and I worried for Baker: then I went to the text and in fact Baker had it right—Chekhov was just ahead of his time—Astrov does in fact express concerns about deforestation and its effect on the climate.”

—Clancy Martin, “On Uncle Vanya: Part Two”

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    Hopefully seeing this next weekend, fingers crossed. I love Annie Baker and Sam Gold, and while I’m not the biggest...
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    just go see this now, please.
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    …..Hmmmmm.
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    NEED THIS PRODUCTION IN CHICAGO, PLEASE.
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