May
24
2010

Chekhov’s Bear.

Yes, that’s a mildly geeky title.

CHEKHOV

If not vaguely sacrilegious to an icon of Russian literature. Although, to be frank, I never saw much of the appeal of the guy. I did a video production in college of one of his plays – it was about this widow who wouldn’t pay back her dead husband’s debts to a man, who then proceeded to shout at her until she fell in love with him; I was the butler – and let’s just say that I came out of the proceedings with a diminished appreciation of Chekhov’s contributions to culture. Come to think of it, a good bear mauling would have improved the plot of that play considerably…

4 Comments

  • Rob Crawford says:

    Come to think of it, a good bear mauling would have improved the plot of that play considerably…

    To be fair, with the possible exception of Shakespeare’s Henry V, I can’t think of a play that couldn’t stand a bear mauling. “Death of a Salesman — Mauled by a Bear”…

  • Moe_Lane says:

    Yeah, that’s a fair point. My usual automatic inclusion is ninja.

  • Rob Crawford says:

    Hmmm… yes, the ninja would have the advantage of not needing to be cast. After all, you never see the ninja unless the ninja wants you to.

  • BigFire says:

    I think the point is taken from this quote:
    “If you say in the first chapter that there is a rifle hanging on the wall, in the second or third chapter it absolutely must go off. If it’s not going to be fired, it shouldn’t be hanging there.”
    —Anton Chekhov (From S. Shchukin, Memoirs. 1911.)

    Or http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/Ptitlexn9xzsjd5fif?from=Main.ChekhovsGun

    Don’t click on that link if you value your time.

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