Leningrad: Academia, 1927. Item #145
72 pp.: port., ill. In original illustrated wrappers in constructivist style by E.I. Kaplan. Schemes in text also by Kaplan. Near fine. Some soiling of the covers, Soviet bookshop's stamp on the title page.
One of 3100 copies.
From the series "Modern Theatre. Not Periodical Series on Matters of Modern Theatre published by Department of history and theory of theatre of the State Institute of art history" (2nd issue). Articles by A.A. Gvozdev, E.I. Kaplan, Y.A. Nazarenko, A.L. Slonimsky, V.N. Soloviev on the new interpretation of the famous Gogol's comedy The Government Inspector (i.e. Revizor).
This staging caused a strong reaction among critics of the day, which usually was the case with the avant-garde theater of Meyerhold. He managed to combine different texts of Gogol using Revizor as a main theme. This staging now is regarded classical also due to the performance of Mikhail Chekhov who played the leading role of Khlestakov.
Emmanuil Iosifovich Kaplan (1895-1961), singer, director and teacher. Since 1925 he worked as director in Leningrad theatre of opera and ballet and Maly Theatre, sometimes he decorated his productions himself (in 1925 he graduated Academy of arts). From 1927 to 1952 he worked as stage director in Leningrad conservatory.