Anton chekhov conceived of this play which turned out to be his last as a comedydesignating it a comedy in four acts and even emphasizing to the moscow art theatre that the last act should be merry and frivolous. Chekhovs subtle humor why the cherry orchard is a comedy in four acts october 15 2012 6 comments anton chekhov did not arbitrarily deem one of his most famous works the cherry orchard as a comedy. The cherry orchard a comedy in four acts 1904 by anton chekhov 1860 1904 if this play is a comedy it should speak to your head your intellect more than your stomach your emotions. Get an answer for the subtitle of the cherry orchard is a comedy in four acts anton chekhov famously disagreed with the plays first director konstantin stanislavsky about whether the play was a comedy or a tragedy. When chekhov first visited rehearsals of director stanislavskys premiere production of the cherry orchard however he was appalled the famous director had his actors weeping copiously especially in the final act transforming chekhovs comedy in four acts into a tear jerking tragedy
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