Theatre: Classic Festival

In Soviet Russia a theatre is more than a theatre. It is also an academy, a studio, an artistic tradition, a laboratory of illusion and a paid advertisement for the U.S.S.R. As such, the theatres of Moscow have impressed most visiting showfolk with the world-beating quality of Russian acting and direction, the relative mediocrity of Russian playwrights. This month hundreds of U. S. and European playgoers were given no chance to change this verdict during the most brilliant and crowded three weeks the Russian theatre has to offer.

As all Russians are acutely...

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