Cinzano & Smirnova's Birthday

By Ludmila Petrushevskaya Translated by Stephen Mulrine

Cinzano & Smirnova's Birthday
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ISBN: 9781854598127
Format: 195mm x 130mm
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Published: 5th May 2004
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Category: Modern drama (post-1945)

Series: NHB Modern Plays

First Staged: English version: Tron Theatre, Glasgow, 1989

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Two linked Soviet-era plays from the Russian playwright dubbed the 'female Chekhov'.

Cinzano and Smirnova's Birthday depict the grim reality of domestic life in Soviet Russia. In Cinzano, three young men drink themselves into a stupor to escape their drab lives and family responsibilities. In its companion piece, Smirnova's Birthday, the men's girlfriends meet up at a birthday celebration.

'Funny, unpredictable and sad; and immediately buttonholes you with warmth and intimacy'

- Financial Times

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