RUSSIA: Blue Bird v. Fat Men

Pampered by the Soviet State with operas, plays and ballets staged specially for them, the moppets of Moscow are the world's most theatre-conscious children. Four years ago they were told that Maurice Maeterlinck's The Blue Bird, long one of their favorites at the Moscow Art Theatre, must be stricken from the repertoire because it is "too bourgeois," too mawkishly insistent upon happiness. In place of The Blue Bird, Moscow's moppets were given Three Fat Men, a brand new, violently slapstick Soviet farce. They refused to like it, have hankered for The Blue...

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