In 1880ies, before becoming the legendary author of “The Cherry Orchard”, “The Seagull”, “Uncle Vanya” or “The Three Sisters”, the young Anton Chekov lived in Moscow, studying to be a doctor. To earn money, he wrote short stories for humour and satire magazines under the pen-name Antosha Chekhonté. A sharp observer, a witty wordsmith and a shrewd critic of human weaknesses, he soon achieved public acclaim.

Tears Invisible to the World is made up of seven satirical short stories and two short plays, written by Anton Chekov. In a light and kind-hearted manner the comedy makes fun of hypocrisy, bootlicking, small-mindedness, frivolity, egoism and other vices, with particular emphasis on differences and misunderstandings between men and women. It’s a play which derives humour from the absurd circumstances of ordinary people in their ordinary lives – a freshly married young man getting on the wrong train after a drink at an intermediate station, a sensual grieving widow challenging her late husband’s creditor to a duel, a young woman having to choose between three sweethearts, a man arriving home in the middle of the night with a company of drunken friends and facing an angry wife, a landlord trying to get over his inferiority complex by showing off in front of an English governess... etc.

‘In this material we recognise something that we don’t admit as being a part of us. We laugh at it, because we remember having met someone like these characters in real life – but we don’t notice that we are, in fact, exactly the same,’ says Elmo Nüganen, the director of the play. Even though the action takes place more than a hundred years ago, young Chekov’s stories have lost nothing of their freshness and poignancy.

The production includes some scenes where incense is used.


Elmo Nüganen – Tallinn City Theatre’s colleague award for Best Production, 2013

Andres Raag – Tallinn City Theatre’s colleague award for Best Supporting Actor, 2013

Mart Toome – Stanislavsky award “I believe!” from Baltic House Theatre Festival, 2012