"A Tragic Actor" by Anton Chekhov follows the story of Masha, a young and impressionable woman who falls in love with the titular character Fenogenov, a struggling actor. Despite her father's disapproval, Masha decides to run away with Fenogenov and marry him. However, her idealized view of her husband quickly crumbles as she discovers his lack of stability and success. In a desperate moment, Masha must turn to her father for help, leading to a confrontation between father and daughter as well as a reflection on the consequences of following one's heart over practicality. The story highlights themes of love, sacrifice, and the complexities of family relationships.