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The Bear, the classic one-act play by Anton Chekhov, produced, directed, and adapted by Joe Bevilacqua.
Written in 1900, The Bear is one of the great works of Anton Chekhov, about the strange beginnings of love between the recently widowed Mrs. Popov and Grigory Stepanovich Smirnov. In Russian the word for "bear" which has two meanings: an animal or a rather rude, clumsy, awkward man. The play is alternately titled The Boor.
The fine cast includes Cathi Tully, Bob Miller, and William Duff-Griffin.
"This is one of Chekhov's very short plays, an unquestionable comedy, as opposed to the author's full length dramas which he considered comedies, but which are certainly of a more serious ilk. The Bear condenses so much of human nature into this short, comical, bizarre, and ultimately triumphant act. Chekhov demonstrates how close (at times) is the relationship between anger and passion, and how strange and wonderful is the human condition." (Jack Coulehan, Annotated Nine Plays of Chekhov, Grosset & Dunlap)
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Nice Chekhov Funny Short Play
I would not know if the audio edition of The Bear to be better that the print version. I expected descriptions of scene changes and character expressions, movements, and gestures, as if I were reading a script. Instead, I got a full-cast performance of the play with sound effects included.
Oh, yes, my most memorable moment was when Elena growls at Smirnov and calls him a bear. It was so funny, I replayed it.
I already said. The play hit its full stride with the Elena growling scene.
I was quite pleased at how much Chekhov entertained me with his play. One does not usually associate him with humor, but here he was in his top form.