Reworking classical plays is never an easy task. It is difficult to see the line in performance where the play is merely communicating contemporary time or place via directorial influence or if the theatrical text has been lifted to the current moment by the playwright in a new adaptation. Catherine Rees, therefore, examines a series of true adaptions that are reworked theatrical texts. These texts range from Brian Friel's adaptions of Chekov's Three Sisters, Uncle Vanya along with Turgenev's A Month in the Country, to Marina Carr's work with Euripides in the By the Bog of Cats and Ariel to Sarah Kane's contemporary tale, Phaedra's Love, to Patrick Marber's retelling of Strindberg via After Miss Julie and the myth of Don Juan through Don Juan in Soho, and his visit with Turgenev in Three Day's in the Country, and finally arriving at Martin McDonagh's intertextual...

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