Arts and Entertainment Tamsin Greig as Varia and Iain Glen as Kolia in Anton Chekhov's Longing directed by Nina Raine at Hampstead Theatre in London

Chekhov is amongst that very rare breed of author who is a genius in two distinct forms – the play and the short story. Michael Frayn, not un-incidentally a fine translator of Chekhov, is another such.

Passed/Failed: An education in the life of the actress Tamsin Greig

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The Cordelia Dream, Wilton's Music Hall, London<br>Well, Apollo Shaftesbury, London<br>Mary Goes First, Orange Tree, Richmond

'King Lear' springs to mind in this heavy-handed story of a poisonous family relationship, but it only serves to remind us of what we're missing

Gethsemane, NT Cottesloe, London

David Hare is on strong form with his latest state-of-the-nation play, but the story threads don't all tie up

Stand-up Dylan Moran takes on the world

What do you do when you hate celebrity, advertising, technology and interviews? Start telling it like it is, says the Black Books star on the eve of his tour

The Weekend's TV: Miss Austen Regrets, SUN, BBC1<br />Love Soup, SAT, BBC1

Jane plainly needed lots of persuasion

You Write The Reviews: God of Carnage, Gielgud Theatre, London

On the strength of the play's title you could be forgiven for expecting a gory epic about the war in Afghanistan or Iraq. In reality, the French playwright Yasmina Reza's new drama is about a domestic kind of bloodletting: between husband and wife, man and woman.

Jessica Hynes: 'I'm ready to fall flat on my face again, but at least I'll do so on my own terms'

All the main players of cult 1990s sitcom 'Spaced' went on to Hollywood careers &ndash; except one. Jessica Hynes reveals how she's playing catch-up with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost

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The law of the playground rules as the grown-ups take the gloves off: Projectile vomiting, bilious sarcasm and a real-life power cut &ndash; only the dodgy philosophy mars a perfect farce

God of Carnage, Gielgud Theatre, London

Imagine a supremely awkward social situation and multiply it by 10. Not today's state meeting between President Bling-Bling and the Queen but the nightmarish scenario cooked up by Yasmina Reza in her new play.

First Night: God Of Carnage, Gielgud Theatre, London

Gasp! Middle-class parents lose their sense of humour

Yasmina Reza: 'Please stop laughing at me'

Her play 'Art' earned $200m and was performed in 35 languages &ndash; yet the French writer Yasmina Reza doesn't get the respect she feels she deserves. Will a starry new play and a year in the intimate company of President Sarkozy bring her the kudos she craves?

Last Night's TV: I can't wait for one last bite of Nigella

Nigella Express, BBC2; David Renwick Night, BBC4

Julian Rhind-Tutt: No more doctor who?

Julian Rhind-Tutt's been on television for years. No, really - even before we finally noticed him in Green Wing. Sholto Byrnes meets a ginger-haired sex symbol whose time has come

Delicate hands, feet of artistry

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