Chekhov, Anton (Russian playwright, medical doctor, 1860-1904), “Celebration,”
a __-minute farce in English translated by Theodore Hoffman (aka Theodore J. C. Hoffman, American playwright, actor, adaptor, ____-____), from the Russian original, set in the office of a bank manager, Russia,
© 1958 by Theodore Hoffman;
• in Anton Chekhov’s The Brute, and Other Farces, edited by Eric Bentley (playwright, translator, critic, performer, theorist, scholar) (New York: Applause Theatre Book Publishers, 1958, 1985, 1991), ISBN 0879102241, ISBN 0879102233, ISBN 1557830037, 99 pp., containing “The Harmfulness of Tobacco,” “Swan Song,” “A Marriage Proposal,” “The Celebration,” “A Wedding,” “Summer In The Country,” “The Brute”;
• script/rights available from Applause Theatre Book Publishers, 211 West 71st Street, New York, New York 10023, U.S.A.;
• or, script/rights available from Samuel French, Inc., 25 West 45th Street, New York City, New York 10010-2751, U.S.A., telephone 212-206-8990, fax 212-206-1429, http://www.samuelfrench.com; or 7623 Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood, California 90046-2795, U.S.A., telephone 213-876-0570, fax 213-876-6822; or 80 Richmond Street East, Toronto, Ontario M5C 1P1, Canada, telephone 416-363-3536, fax 416-363-1108; or Samuel French, Ltd., 52 Fitzroy Street, London W1P 6JR, England.
• Cited in Play Index, 1983-1987: An Index to 3,964 Plays, edited by Juliette Yaakov (____-____) and John Greenfieldt (New York: The H. W. Wilson Company, 1988), ISSN 0554-3037, LCCN 64-1054, 522 pp.
Kuzma Nikolay Hirin (m), the sour righthand man of the bank's pompous young director; Andrey Andeyevitch Shipuchin (m), the bank's pompous young director; Tatiana Alexeyevna Shipuchin (f), Shipuchin's chatterbox wife; Natasia Fiodorovna Merchutkin (f), an impoverished woman.
“Women disrupt celebration of bank’s anniversary.”—Yaakov and Greenfieldt, p. 59.
“[It is] the fifteenth anniversary celebration of a bank. Kuzma Nikolay Hirin . . . , the sour righthand man of the bank's pompous young director, Andrey Andeyevitch Shipuchin . . . , is desperately trying to finish his employer's acceptance speech for the celebratory event -- without much luck since he is constantly interrupted by Shipuchin's chatter. Shipuchin's nonstop talk, in which every other sentence is punctuated with "sure as my name's Shipuchin" is nothing compared to the distractions that pile up with the arrival of Shipuchin's chatterbox wife Tatiana Alexeyevna . . . and an impoverished woman, Natasia Fiodorovna Merchutkin . . . who insists that the bank manner can help her to receive the money owed to her husband upon being dismissed from his position as a civil servant. By the time the Director . . . who is to officiate at the speech making arrives, all four characters have turned into a dissonant and cacophonous band of craziness.”—The Chekhov One-Acts, a CurtainUp Berkshire review, http://www.curtainup.com/chekhovone-acts2003.html, accessed October 18, 2006.
“Eric Bentley, (born September 14, 1916 in Bolton, Lancashire, England) is a renowned critic, editor and translator. He became an American citizen in 1948, and currently lives in New York City. In 1998 he was inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame; he is also a member of the New York Theater Hall of Fame, in recognition of his years of performances in cabarets. He has written many plays and books, including A Century of Hero-Worship (1944), Lord Alfred's Lover, The Playwright as Thinker (1946), Bernard Shaw (1947), What is Theatre? (1956), The Life of the Drama (1964), The Importance of Scrutiny (1964), Theatre of War (1972), Brecht Commentaries (1981), Thinking about the Playwright (1987), and Are You Now Or Have You Ever Been. He was a theatre critic for The New Republic in the 1950s, known for his blunt style of theatre criticism. Tennessee Williams and Arthur Miller threatened to sue Bentley for his unfavorable reviews of their work, but abandoned the attempt. Bentley met Bertolt Brecht at UCLA as a young man and is considered one of the pre-eminent experts on Brecht, whose work he has translated. In the 1960s, Bentley came out of the closet and declared his homosexuality. He has stated his being gay as an influence on his theater-work, especially his play Lord Alfred's Lover about Oscar Wilde.”—Eric Bentley - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eric_Bentley, accessed February 28, 2006.
anniversary, banking, celebration, disruption, feminism.