Anton Chekhov's three early (1888-89) one-act comedies of social observation tumble happily into farce.
"The Bear" is an encounter between a widow in self-dramatizing mourning for her philanderer of a husband and an angry fellow who comes to collect a debt owed him. In the process, he awakes her from her pose of grief, and out of their comic battle comes love.
"The Proposal" is a gem in which a nervous young landowner comes to propose to his hoydenish neighbor, but neither can get down to the business at hand because they keep quarreling. And "The Wedding" is like an epic canvas by Hogarth, exploring the social backbiting and vanity of a large wedding party, with its inevitable descent into a drunken brawl.
Director W. Stephen Coleman has tied these three discrete plays loosely together by making the couple in "The Bear" turn into the parents (with an added walk-on for the mother) of the young couple in "The Proposal," who then become the loveless bride and groom of "The Wedding."
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