chapter  22
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Chekhov’s The Wedding

The formula of an Anton Chekhov play has been outlined by the playwright himself: “People are sitting at a table having dinner, that’s all, but at the same time their happiness is being created, or their lives are being torn apart” (Gurlyand 1904: 521). The challenge in such a play consists of hitting both parts of the formula-the one where people “just have dinner,” but also the one where “their lives are being broken up” in the meantime. Vakhtangov managed to achieve such a balance in his production of Anton Chekhov’s The Wedding .