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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

Critic Reviews

"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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  • Michael
  • Walnut Creek, CA, United States
  • 02-21-13

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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Hiliarous Comedy

Would you consider the audio edition of The Bear to be better than the print version?

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.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Bear?

Oh, yes, my most memorable moment was when Elena growls at Smirnov and calls him a bear. It was so funny, I replayed it.

Which scene was your favorite?

I already said. The play hit its full stride with the Elena growling scene.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Grrrrr.

Any additional comments?

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.

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  • 11-17-17

funny story. Bad delivery.

very funny and easy story.
the delivery was a bit annoying as they seemed to not understand the characters and made the story a lot less funny than it should be.