Inside the Moscow Art Theatre

Inside the Moscow Art Theatre

Inside the Moscow Art Theatre

Inside the Moscow Art Theatre

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When I returned from Moscow seven years ago, laden with the data for "The Russian Theatre," I was confronted by the formidable temptation to limit myself to the fascinating story of the Moscow Art Theatre and to discard all of the rest of the material I had gathered. Fairness to the other notable stages of the two Russian capitals, however, in conjunction with the thought that comparison and contrast between the Art Theatre and its rivals might redound the more vividly to its reputation, combined to hold me to my original intention. "The Russian Theatre," therefore, was a comprehensive record of the activities of the entire contemporary dramatic movement in Russia. Fully one-third of this record, nevertheless, fell to the lot of the Art Theatre and its several studios.

If fidelity to the general subject justified the broad scope of "The Russian Theatre," the cycle of the years has brought me back to my original temptation with a logic that can not now be gainsaid. Much water has plunged under theatrical bridges in the last half decade -- both in Russia and America. Moscow has seen the expansion of its Art Theatre by the birth and growth to maturity of the Musical Studio of Nemirovitch-Dantchenko, the lustiest of the new theatrical enterprises conceived in the day of social upheaval. America has played host for two seasons to Stanislavsky and the . . .

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