The Nose

Gogol’s phantasmagorical tale about a man whose nose decides to abscond and begin living a life of its own is one of the earliest and most celebrated examples of absurdist literature. Apart from its recondite humor, it is remarkable for Gogol’s skill in characterization and his ability to paint a picture of contemporary life in…

Lady Windermere’s Fan

Passion and intrigue among the upper classes form the basis of Lady Windermere’s Fan, Oscar Wilde’s first successful play, which displays his trademark wit and wisdom. Beautiful and innocent Lady Windermere finds out that her husband has been keeping company with the scandalous and mysterious Mrs. Erlynne. Her discovery unleashes a host of tensions at…

Incompatibility of Temper

Incompatibility of Temper: Three Pictures of Moscow Life by Alexander Ostrovsky Translated by Ethel Voynich Presented by the Online Stage Alexander Ostrovsky was the premier Russian dramatist before Chekov, and a true master of realistic satire. His Incompatibility of Temper consists of three sections or “Pictures of Moscow life”. Despite its patina of humor, the…