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  1. Being too busy is your trump card, of course. But, sharing your question in full, from scratch, it is not at all clear what to take up. In an attempt to systematize my experience, together with the AST publishing house, I published a book this year. It was published in the series “How to read and understand Theater”. This is a detailed answer to your question, for the price of empty coffee, on 190 pages with illustrations that take up half the book.�

    It is about who forms the playbill of the theater capital, how it happens (and 4 interviews with artistic directors of theaters), what the audience needs to know before going to the theater (and 10 interviews about it with famous actors, they each give an answer to this question, and each in their own way). What (most importantly) you need to pay attention to in order not to be disappointed.�

    I have often been asked this question during the last ten years that I have been professionally engaged in theater: what should I go to? so – there is no single answer, it is individual. But, even not a successful trip to the theater is a plus, so you cut off what is not yours, and move towards what you will appreciate or love.

  2. It is best to go intensively to the theater (any) and read a large number of any plays.

    But here is a list of references:

    Russian Theater

    the book “Stories about Russian actors” (XVII-XVIII centuries)�

    History of the Russian theater of the 19th century-best of all Boris Aseev.�

    Even better – this is the history of the Russian pre-revolutionary Drama Theater. Part 1. From its origins to the 1870s. By Anatoly Belkin, Alla Lane, Tatiana Prozorova, Iosif Rostotsky, and Nikolay Elyash.�

    Boris Alpers. Mochalov and Shchepkin Theater�

    Pavel Markov. 1 volume from a four-volume book-essays on the history of theater�

    Leonid Grossman. Pushkin in theater chairs�

    Kugel A. R. Theatrical Portraits, Leningrad, 1967.�

    You can find any textbook on the history of the Russian theater (modern, but also Soviet)�

    You can listen to Ali Shulenina's video lectures on the Internet.

    Stanislavsky – of course “My life in art”. Or – even better-Olga Radishcheva's three-volume book about Nemirovich and Stanislavsky (available on the Internet)�

    You can download the big book “Moscow Art Theater – 100 years” (1 volume – all the most important performances) from the Moscow Art Theater website.�

    Meyerhold-a book by Konstantin Rudnitsky�

    Two-volume book by Mikhail Chekhov (his biography and his texts)�

    Vakhtangov – best of all a collection of reviews of his performances (available for download on the Vakhtangov Theater website)�

    Tairov-the book of Mikhail Levitin ZhZL�

    Smelyansky A.M. Bulgakov in the Art Theater Smelyansky A.M. Our Interlocutors (1970) – Efros, Lyubimov, Tovstonogov�

    All Smelyansky's TV movies (there are a bunch on the Internet)

    Anatoly Efros ' book on directing (four volumes)�

    Tovstonogov – Elena Gorfunkel. Directed by Tovstonogov�

    Leenson, Abeluk. Taganka: A personal matter of one theater

    Drama – from the thaw to the present – Rudnev P. A. Drama of Memory.�


    Western Theater�

    Performances of the XX century. Gitis, 2004�

    a Soviet book, but you can read it: Boyadzhiev G. N. From Sophocles to Brecht in forty theater evenings�

    Also a textbook on the history of foreign theater. (SPgATI University, Saint Petersburg)�

    Bartoshevich A. V. Shakespeare. England. XX century�

    Trubochkin D. V. Everything is in order, the elder dances (about the ancient theater)

    Miklashevsky. Commedia dell'arte�

    Books by Siliunas V. Y. about the Spanish medieval theater�

    Bakhtin M. M. Creativity of Francois Rabelais�

    Peter Brook-any books�

    Grotowski Hedgehogs. To the Poor Theater (or books by Stepanova Polina about Grotovsky)�

    Antonin Artaud. The theater and its counterpart�

    Marina Davydova. The end of the theatrical era�

    Dina Goder. Artists, visionaries, and circus performers�

    Natalia Yakubova. Theater of the Epoch of Changes�

    Vladimirov S. Action in drama�

    Bentley Eric. A life of drama�

    Bartoshevich A.V. For whom “Hamlet” is written. Moscow, 2014.�

    Georges Banu. Our theater is the Cherry Orchard. Spectator's Notebook / Trans. Tatiana Proskurnikova, Moscow: “Moscow Art Theater”, 2000, 20.

    Mildon V. I. The Abyss has opened… Images of place and time in classical Russian drama. M, ART, 1992

  3. It's very simple – start going to theaters in different cities, preferably in good ones, both for free and for money.

    IF this is unattainable – listen to the recordings of the “Theater at the Microphone” section for a couple of months – there are MORE than one car of them on the Internet and so far for free.

    Surprisingly, there is a studio recording of the legendary performance on Taganka “The Good Man from Sezuan”, recordings of this theater…. there are a lot of them, but there is only one studio room: you must remember to press the “128”button. THIS is for the age of 17-18 years: “Old Radio”, Brecht, “Sezuan” – for some reason there are two different recordings with the same name – “1968”, although the studio one is the one with a portrait of Brecht and a duration of 2h 33min: � http://staroeradio.ru/audio/7652

    “Anti-Worlds” has three DIFFERENT recordings, but from the audience: the 400th, 500th and 600th performances.

    For 7-9 year olds, there is also” The Little Prince “with Babanova and Konsovsky, 1961-a masterpiece-definitely: Старое “Old Radio”, Exupery, in two parts-unfortunately, a copy of a vinyl record with a squeak. Previously, there was a studio roll of the 2nd record and I managed to download it, but then it disappeared, which is a pity: the meeting of the Prince with the Geographer and the beginning of a fairy tale are cut out on the record.

    Cyrano de Bergerac's masterpiece is only partially preserved in fragments and scraps, but it's better than nothing: � https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5FmZodYll2Y

    U-tube, “The Ballad of Cyrano”, 72 minutes instead of the original color version for 2 hours and 40 minutes. Success!

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