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The Soviet TheaterA Documentary History$
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Laurence Senelick and Sergei Ostrovsky

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780300194760

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300194760.001.0001

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The Great Patriotic War, 1939–1945

The Great Patriotic War, 1939–1945

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(p.446) Chapter Seven The Great Patriotic War, 1939–1945
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The Soviet Theater
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Laurence Senelick

Sergei Ostrovsky

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300194760.003.0008

This chapter examines events in the history of Soviet theater and arts from 1939 to 1945. During this period, theater at the front became a civic duty, a form of military service. Performing under the most difficult of circumstances gave rise to diverse forms, the most most elementary being the highly mobile concert brigade, capable of performing a repertoire of poems, songs, scenes from well-known plays, monologues, one-acts, sketches, and the like. From August 1939 to September 1940, some twenty-nine thousand performances of plays and concerts were given by various theatrical units before Soviet soldiers and sailors. Of this number, 3,377 concerts and plays were performed within a single ten-day period dedicated to the twenty-first anniversary of the Red Army and Navy.

Keywords:   Soviet theater, Soviet history, military service, theatrical performances, soldiers, sailors, Red Army

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