"The Bear and The Proposal"

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  • $15 for one general-admission ticket ($27 value)

The Bear and The Proposal

  • The Plays: CTC Executive Artistic Director John Johnston helms a production that pairs two of Russian playwright Anton Chekhov’s zaniest, most inspired one-acts set among the landed aristocracy of Czarist Russia. Broadway World hails Johnston and the cast for their work: “With wonderful performances and highly entertaining stories, you will be sure to have a fun evening at the theater with this one.”
  • The Bear: In this one-act comedic play by Russian playwright Anton Chekhov, Grigory Smirnov crashes the estate of widowed Elena Popova, refusing to leave until she settles her husband’s debt to Smirnov. In the meantime, the two argue about love, gender, and debt—resulting in a beloved and timeless chamber piece filled with laughs, however much Chekhov himself tried to write it off as a “trivial little vaudeville.”
  • The Proposal: When Ivan Lomov receives permission to marry Natalia Stepanovna from her father, a happy evening soon turns into a series of increasingly absurd arguments. Filled with fast dialogue and situational humor, this one-act farce by Anton Chekhov is one of the Russian playwright’s most beloved short works.

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Promotional value expires Oct 23, 2016. Limit 8/person. Valid only for option purchased. Redeem on day of show for a ticket at the venue box office. Refundable only on day of purchase. Discount reflects merchant's current ticket prices, which may change. ADA seating cannot be guaranteed; contact box office prior to purchase for availability. Ticket value includes all fees. No late seating allowed. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

About Classical Theatre Company


The Classical Theatre Company is the only professional organization in the Houston area that exclusively produces classical dramas all year round. The reasoning behind this choice is simple: the company makes its mission to "boldly re-envision classical drama" by breathing new life into the works of authors such as Shakespeare, Marlow, Ibsen, and Shaw.

During staged readings and full productions, CTC's artistic team always seeks inventive ways to "take old plays and give them a never-before­-seen quality." But despite their conceptual changes—such as setting Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice in a Nazi concentration camp or turning Hamlet into an espionage thriller with ties to whistle-blower Edward Snowden—the company always respects the original playwrights and maintains the integrity of the original prose, often illuminating how many of those "old" plays are now more relevant than ever.

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