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The Bear: A Classic One-Act Play | [Anton Chekhov]

The Bear: A Classic One-Act Play

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. The title The Bear comes 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.
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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.

©1982 Joe Bevilacqua (P)2011 Joe Bevilacqua

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"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 really like Chekhov, and this was one I had not read before, as it is considered a play not a short story. I enjoyed it quite a bit. The story was funny, ironic and just a little dark. The players were good (but not great). I enjoyed both of the main characters, the dialog, and conclusion. It is only 29 minutes and costs $1.95 which was quite worth it (but don’t use a full credit).

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