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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.
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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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.
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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.