(Included in the volume THE YALTA GAME; THE BEAR; AFTERPLAY)
THE STORY: Elena Popova, a young and attractive widow, has immersed herself in the role of mourning for her philandering but now dead husband. Luka, her frail and ancient manservant, tries in vain to snap her out of it. Then Gregory Smirnov barges in…
“Friel’s [THE BEAR] is superbly funny, vivid, keenly alert to Chekhov’s modern sensitivities to gender issues…” —Financial Times (UK).