The Boor is a play written by Anton Chekhov. This English translation was published in Contemporary One-Act Plays. Ed. B. Roland Lewis. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1922.

Characters Edit

The play has mainly three characters:

  • Smirnov
  • Luka
  • Mrs. Popov

Synopsis Edit

Here is a small summary of the play from the cited sources[1][2][3][4][5][6]:

She has locked herself in and refuses to leave. The play begins with her and her servant speaking, and he tries to persuade her to leave her house. While speaking, there is a knock on the door. The person at the door refuses to leave until he speaks with Mrs. Popov. Mrs. Popov explains that she is unable to pay him due to her finance manager not arriving until the day after tomorrow. The man, Smirnov, is very unhappy about this because he is broke and needs to be paid right then. She stands firm on the fact that she is unable to pay him that day and that he needs to leave. After Mrs. Popov refuses to pay and asks Smirnov to leave, she leaves the room to get away from him. While she is gone, Smirnov begins ranting about how he has not had any good experiences with woman in the past and how he cannot trust women. Near the end of the play, the two climax their anger to the point where they are going to have a duel. But as they prepare for the duel, Smirnov realizes how strong and fiery Mrs. Popov is. He immediately falls in love with her. He expresses his love to her and she begins to alternate telling him to leave and stay. At the end of the play he grabs her and gives her a long kiss.

Media ArticlesEdit

Some notable references on the play from news articles are:

'The Boor' shows love growing from dispute-" 'The Boor' shows love growing from dispute. " -- Indianapolis Star - Jan 23, 2004 [7]

The Boor delivers funny side of opera-" With four UWO Don Wright music faculty grads enjoying the hilarious event, The Boor is staged again at UWO's von Kuster hall on Friday. The Boor is certainly the right work for the merry cast. What: Diva Lounge Productions presentation of The Boor, a chamber opera based on the Chekhov play. " -- London Free Press - Oct 14, 2010 [8]

Chekhov Comedies Presented in Garden City-" Two one act comedies by Anton Chekhov - The Boor and The Marriage Proposal - will be presented at The Ethical Humanist Society of Long island on November 7th and 14th at 8 pm, and November 8th and 15th at 2:30 pm, at 38 Old Country Rd. " -- Garden City News - Oct 23, 2009 [9]

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External links Edit

Performances and Videos Edit

  1. ▶ The Boor by Anton Chekhov - YouTube-
  2. ▶ The Boor by Anton Chekhov Part 1 - YouTube-
  3. ▶ Anton Chekhov Vaudevilles - The Proposal and The Boor - YouTube-

Online script links Edit

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