The Overcast Theatre presents "The Bear" and "The Proposal" by Anton Chekhov!
The Bear and The Proposal both written in 1888 were Anton Chekhov's first vaudeville russes. These hilarious one-act pieces brought him both financial successes to press on in his theatrical endeavors but also certified him in his capabilities, as a writer of drama as up to the he was only a celebrated short story writer. Chekhov would ultimately be inspired by the old French vaudeville genre in his
own innovative manner to refresh it and produce hysterical and popular works that would challenge and redefine what was possible on the Russian stage at the time. His handful of vaudevilles would also aide Chekhov in finding his dramatic voice in writing his later full-length plays that he would be so famously known for worldwide.
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