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Wednesday, July 17, 2024

And Then There Were None: A Mystery without a Detective 

Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None is the highest-selling crime novel of all time, with over 100 million copies sold since it was published in 1939. (In fact, It’s one of the ten highest-selling novels ever). Its publication cemented Agatha Christie’s spot as one of the world’s most successful novelists. Nevertheless, And Then There Were None deviates from Christie’s iconic formula: the central detective character is absent.

Friday, March 22, 2024

Charlotte Brontë: The Woman Behind Jane Eyre

In the enchanting world of literature, few works are as profound as Charlotte Brontë's classic, Jane Eyre. While the novel's narrative brilliance and compelling characters have captivated readers for generations, a closer look at Brontë's personal life will reveal how her own experiences impacted Jane's story.

Monday, December 18, 2023

Unraveling Scrooge: A Tale of Redemption and Reflection

In Charles Dickens' timeless novella, A CHRISTMAS CAROL, Ebenezer Scrooge emerges as a character embodying the change from a miserly loner to a benevolent benefactor. David Rainey, a seasoned member of the Alley Resident Company who has portrayed Scrooge multiple times, reflects on the character's complexity.

Thursday, November 16, 2023

The Christmas Ghosts of A CHRISTMAS CAROL

A Christmas Carol is a timeless tale that has captured the hearts of readers and audiences for generations. At its heart, the story is a journey of self-discovery, compassion, and redemption. The visits of ghosts guide Ebenezer Scrooge on Christmas Eve. These three Christmas ghosts reveal the effects of one's actions and the potential for change.

Monday, November 13, 2023

Tiny Tim of ‘A Christmas Carol’ might have suffered from rickets, tuberculosis, or cerebral palsy, UTHealth Houston physicians say

We put it to the experts at UTHealth Houston to help us sort out what Tim might have had and how Scrooge could have changed the course of his life.

Thursday, October 19, 2023

Acclaimed Co-Translator on Chekhov and Little Comedies

I am pretty sure that Anton Chekhov never imagined an entire evening of five of his short plays, some which he subtitled ‘a joke’ or ‘a vaudeville.’ He did not write them to make up an evening.

Tuesday, October 10, 2023


Dickens loved to perform his stories—so he created a special version of A Christmas Carol for exactly that purpose.

Friday, September 1, 2023

Uncle Vanya: Translating with the Pevears

Sometime around 2003, I picked up a copy of what I had known as The Devils, but here had the title of Demons. This was the first translation I read by the translating team (and married couple), Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky. Almost immediately I ‘heard’ the voice of another Dostoevsky, one totally human, subtle, alive, and at times very funny.

Thursday, August 31, 2023

Anton Chekhov’s Quirky Comedy: A Fresh Spin on Laughter and Its Modern Ripple Effect

In the world of literature, there's nothing quite like the subtlety of humor. While comedy has evolved over the centuries, some voices, like Anton Chekhov's, stand out for their uniqueness. Behind his works lie characters and narratives that challenge the norms of laughter. His comedy uses subtlety, tragicomedy, and the mundane.

Thursday, August 24, 2023

How Anton Chekhov’s Life influenced his Little Comedies

If you're a theatre fan, you've probably heard the name Anton Chekhov tossed around like confetti...