The Bear & The Proposal By Anton Chekhov

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Classical Theatre Company returns to the Russian Master Anton Chekhov with an evening of his one-act plays: The Bear and The Proposal plus a bonus reading of his essay The Evils of Tobacco. These pieces are representative of Chekhov’s vaudevillian comedies, short and packed with comic bits. While the humor in The Bear and The Proposal is broader and more farcical than in his better known works, his commentary on the Russian social structures of the time are no less satirical and biting. “Chekhov is the king of the awkward comedy. You can think of him as the Ricky Gervais of his time,” says CTC Executive Artistic Director John Johnston. “He boldly lampooned those around him with his plays during a tumultuous time in Russia, letting the consequences fall where they may.” Both plays examine love among the landed aristocracy of Czarist Russia and will leave the audiences in stitches. The Evils of Tobacco is a comic essay meant to be performed and will lead off the evening of Chekhov shorts. “I love this little monologue about a browbeaten husband. Like the other two pieces, it’s a hidden Chekhov gem,” says Johnston.

Starring Mark Roberts, Benjamin McLaughlin, and Lindsay Anne Ehrhardt this terrific cast of CTC veterans will have you rolling in the aisles. Addtionally, the design team of Jon Harvey (sound), Mitchell Cronin (lights), Katie Smith (costumes), Mark Lewis (scenery), and Star Hinson (props) will round out the mix of CTC regulars and newcomers.
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