His career as a playwright produced four classics, and his best short stories are held in high esteem by writers and critics. Chekhov renounced the theatre after the reception of The Seagull in , but the play was revived to acclaim in by Konstantin Stanislavski 's Moscow Art Theatre , which subsequently also produced Chekhov's Uncle Vanya and premiered his last two plays, Three Sisters and The Cherry Orchard. These four works present a challenge to the acting ensemble  as well as to audiences, because in place of conventional action Chekhov offers a "theatre of mood" and a "submerged life in the text". Chekhov had at first written stories only for financial gain, but as his artistic ambition grew, he made formal innovations which have influenced the evolution of the modern short story. Anton Chekhov was born on the feast day of St.