Wednesday, 21 June 2017

The Chief Thing (1921) written by Nikolai Evreinov and produced at the Theatre Guild in New York in 1926

A scene from The Chief Thing (1921) written by the Russian playwright Nikolai Evreinov (1879 - 1953) and produced at the Theatre Guild in New York in 1926




"His plays include the monodramas The Presentation of Love (1910) and In the Stage-Wings of the Soul (1911), the tragi-farce A Merry Death (1908, based on Alexander Blok's The Puppet Show), and The Chief Thing (1921); the last two of which were heavily indebted to the commedia. Based on Maxim Gorky's The Lower Depths (1902), The Chief Thing provided Evreinov's one international success, was done on stage and screen in France as La Comedie du Bonheur and was staged on Broadway in 1926 by Theater Guild with Harold Clurman and Edward G. Robinson." 

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