Five Plays

A collection of four of Chekhov’s most popular dramas together with his unusual one-act comedy, The Boor, presented by members of The Online Stage. Program The Seagull – translated by George Calderon Uncle Vanya – translated by Marian Fell The Three Sisters – translated by Julius West The Cherry Orchard – translated by George Calderon…

Persuasion

Persuasion has certain similarities with Emma, another late novel by Jane Austen. In both stories, the heroine is a young woman who lives with her widowed father, and who has an enduring attachment to her eventual spouse from the opening of the action. Persuasion also incorporates certain elements common to Austen’s earlier novels, such as…

The Time Is Not Yet Ripe

Louis Esson is considered to be the first great Australian dramatist. The political comedy The Time is Not Yet Ripe was first produced in 1912 and is one of his best known works. Doris, daughter of the incumbent prime minister, Sir Joseph Quiverton, has news for her father – she has just become engaged. Much…

The League of Youth

Often considered to be Ibsen’s most popular play in his lifetime, The League of Youth caused fighting in the streets, with conservatives claiming it was an attack on their party and liberals claiming it was an attack on theirs! A thought-provoking comedy that’s sure to feel shockingly familiar. Unusually for Ibsen, this play has a…

How Melvin Saved Christmas

Santa’s Christmas schedule has run into a major problem – all his reindeer, even the heroic Rudolph, are too ill to fly. However, a promising solution to Santa’s dilemma is offered from an unlikely source – the eccentric elf Melvin. Amazon/Audible • iTunes • Not a member of Audible? Click here.

The Seagull

The Seagull is Anton Chekhov’s first major play, originally produced in 1896. It dramatizes the romantic and artistic conflicts between four characters: the famous middlebrow story writer Boris Trigorin, the ingenue Nina, the fading actress Irina Arcadina, and her son, the symbolist playwright Constantine Treplef. Cast: Mme. Arcadina, an actress: Elizabeth Klett Constantine Treplef, her…

Four Plays

This collection contains Oscar Wilde’s four best-known comedies: The Importance of Being Earnest; Lady Windermere’s Fan; An Ideal Husband; and A Woman of No Importance. All of them satirize upper-class English society of the 1890s, dramatizing scandalous secrets, political and marital intrigue, and dandyish bad behavior with Wilde’s trademark wit and wisdom. Presented by The…

Penelope

Penelope A comedy in three acts In this elegant comedy of manners, Penelope O’Farrell discovers that her husband has been having an affair with an attractive married woman. Instead of lapsing into despair, she decides to employ some cunning strategies to save her marriage. Cast Penelope O’Farrell – Amanda Friday Dr. O’Farrell (Dickie) – Jeff…

Uncle Vanya

Uncle Vanya is Anton Chekhov’s 1902 tragicomedy focusing on the romantic entanglements of the residents of a declining country estate. Vanya loves Helena, the unhappily married wife of aged professor Serebrakoff. Sonia loves Dr. Astroff, but he’s more interested in Helena. Serebrakoff loves only himself and is idealized by Vanya’s mother, who believes him to…

Arcadian Adventures with the Idle Rich

Stephen Leacock (1869-1944) may be considered the Canadian counterpart to Mark Twain. For many years he was professor of economics at Magill University and published a number of well-regarded texts on economics and political science. However, he is best known today for his many volumes of humorous fiction. During the 1920s he was one of…