Two transient plays: A streetcar named desire and camino real
Â© 2002 by Robert F. Gross. Critics have made much of the similarities and resonances between Anton Chekhovâ€™s and Tennessee Williamsâ€™s plays the qualities of lyricism, poignancy, the bittersweet vision of life, the resemblances among certain characters in the plays, and a basic humanity shared by the writers. An opportunity for comparing these two playwrights in detail is provided by the 1997 publication of Williamsâ€™s The Notebook of Trigorin, subtitled â€˜a free adaptation of Chekhovâ€™s â€˜The Seagullâ€™. Williamsâ€™s focus on sex and age continues in Masha and Medvedenkoâ€™s discussion of whether Arkadina and Trigorin are lovers or just traveling companions something which would have been understood in Chekhovâ€™s culture and the fact that in Notebook Trigorin is made closer in age to Treplev than to Arkadina. Notebook is a bleakly funny, wonderfully gothic and even grotesque melodrama and must be taken on its own terms, separated from comparison with its source of inspiration.
Tennessee Williams: A Casebook
Professor Robert Gross
New York, NY
(2014).Two transient plays: A streetcar named desire and camino real. Routledge. , 51-62
Two transient plays: A streetcar named desire and camino real. Routledge, 2014.pp. 51-62