Three Plays After

Brian Friel created the three plays of the title based on / inspired by the works of Chekov. 

The Yalta Game starred Robert King as Dimitry and Peggy Coffey as Anna. They flirt by telling each other outrageous stories of the people around them at the seaside resort.

The Bear is the story of a woman who swears to mourn her unfaithful, but deceased, husband forever, to show him what faithful love really is and a man who comes to collect a debt and refuses to leave until he is paid.  Llyandra Jones played Elena to Tyrone Savage’s Gregory. Both took the opportunity to chew the scenery a bit, but is was all in good fun. Andrew Gillies was equally unrestrained as the servant Luka. Lots of fun, ends in romance. 

We saw Afterplay at the Shaw Festival a few years ago. Robert  King as Andre and Peggy Coffey as Sonya brought to life  two characters from The Three Sisters and Uncle Vanya, both looking for love. They meet, they flirt and ultimately they separate. It is sad and sweet. 

Alternative Theatre Works is worth watching. 


About cathyriggall

Theatre junkie, who thinks live theatre is the ultimate form of living on the edge. You never know what will happen when an actor steps on the stage.
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One Response to Three Plays After

  1. keithhpotter says:

    I hate Russian plays and, GBS excepted, I hate Irish plays – they both project such gloom and despair that watching them is like winter in Winnipeg.
    So, I thought I could stack up some points seeing plays by an Irish playwright after a Russian one.
    However, my eternity in hell hasn’t been shortened – these three were actually quite delightful.

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