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When You Listen to the Public

Author(s): Vasil Stefanov
Subject(s): Cultural history
Published by: Институт за изследване на изкуствата, Българска академия на науките

Summary/Abstract: The article examines some questions of the presentday situation in the Bulgarian theater . The most important one is the public’s attitude to the theater . During the last 10-15 years many factors have influenced it, first of all television. Today the public clearly is sending a message that it wants to see a show, something amusing, preferably funny. The performance that it enjoys should be funny or at least entertaining and should not last more than 2 hours. And since the theatrical activities should yield to the market principle of supply and demand, the repertoire gradually becomes oriented towards the new preferences of the audience . The comedies, often quite mediocre, enjoy full house, shows of dubious quality turn out to be the most profitable . It is not surprising that they usually dominate the repertoire. The serious, rich in content and artisti- cally complex performances rarely enjoy great success. This compels the best young directors that want to make really good modern theater to turn to the small theatrical halls where they can stage more innovative performances based on interesting, problem -inspired classical and modern dramaturgy. But what are the consequences? What perspective is there for a theater that is not funny or entertaining?

  • Issue Year: 2009
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 3-7
  • Page Count: 5
  • Language: Bulgarian