Smoking Is Bad for You
Chekhov, Anton (Russian playwright, medical doctor, 1860-1904), “Smoking Is Bad for You,”
a __-minute satirical lecture translated from the original Russian into English by Ronald Hingley, set in Czarist Russia, 1886,
© 1992 by Ronald Hingley;
• in Anton Chekhov’s Twelve Plays, translated by Ronald Hingley (London: Oxford University Press, 1992), ISBN 0-19-282813-4;
• script/rights probably available from source named in Hingley anthology.
Ivan Ivanovich Nyukhin (m), lecturer, hen-pecked husband.
“This short dramatic monologue is in the form of a public lecture by Ivan Ivanovich Nyukhin, the and ‘husband of a wife who keeps a music school and a boarding school for girls.’ Nyukhin begins by indicating that his wife has insisted that he lecture today on the harmful effects of tobacco, though he himself smokes. He invites those who are not prepared for a dry, scientific lecture to leave, but then keeps postponing the topic while he talks about how forceful and dominant his wife is. He longs ‘to take off this vile old frock that I wore to my wedding thirty years ago’ and assert himself. Yet, he can't; his wife is waiting in the wings. At the end of the monologue, Nyukhin begs the audience not to ‘tell’ on him: ‘tell her that the lecture was . . . that the booby, that is me, behaved with dignity.’
“The original version of this monologue (1886) was one of Chekhov’s very popular early farces; it was published in English for the first time in The Unknown Chekhov. The currently more well-known version (1902) illustrates the artistic development in Chekhov’s later writing. This version (described here) allows the audience to glimpse the reality of Nyukhin’s sad life beneath the thick layer of farce. Of course, the piece has nothing to do with the harmful effects of tobacco. Its topic is the pathos of the human comedy."—Chekhov, Anton P.: On the Harmful Effects of Tobacco, http://endeavor.med.nyu.edu/lit-med/lit-med-db/webdocs/webdescrips/chekhov1110-des-.html, accessed November 13, 2002.
• “Variant titles: The harmfulness of tobacco; On the harmfulness of tobacco. Satirical lecture by henpecked husband.”—Yaakov and Greenfieldt, p. 61.
• See also “The Evils of Tobacco,” translated by Michael Frayn.
• See also “On the Harmful Effects of Tobacco,” a __-minute farce monologue in English, translated by Avrahm Yarmolinsky.
harm, lecture, marriage, tobacco.
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- Lass Unparalleled-A-Chekhov-Nolan-2f
- Marriage Proposal-A-Chekhov-El Guindi-2m1f
- Marriage Proposal-A-Chekhov-Hoffman-2m1f
- Marriage Proposal-A-Chekhov-Neugroschel-2m1f
- Marriage Proposal-A-Neugroschel-2m1f
- Marriage Proposal-The-Chekhov-Baukhage-Clark-2m1f
- Marriage Proposal-The-Chekhov-Caywood-The-2m1f
- Marriage Proposal Western Style-Kelly-1m2f
- Night Before The Trial-The-Chekhov-Hingley-3m1f
- On The Harmful Effects Of Tobacco-1m-Chekhov-Yarmolinsky-1m
- Photographs Mary And Howard-1m1f
- Smoking Is Bad For You-Chekhov-Hingley-1m
- Summer In The Country-Chekhov-Bentley-2m
- Swan Song-Chekhov-Frayn-2m
- Swan Song-Chekhov-Hingley-2m
- Swan Song-Chekhov-Hoffman-2m
- Tragic Role-A-Chekhov-Hingley-2m
- Wild Boor-A-Chekhov-Wallace-2m2f