REVIEW: Backstage in Stalin's Russia...

Alison Croggon, The Australian, 13 April 2009

"Paul Galloway's new play, Realism, is set a month after Meyerhold's disappearance, as a nervous bunch of actors rehearse a play written to celebrate Stalin's birthday, horribly aware that a wrong step could mean deportation or death. Worse, a famous footballer, Glemov (Stephen Phillips), has been cast in the title role, and the director has gone missing."

ARTICLE: Amid the atrocities, art worth living for

Robin Usher, The Age, 6 April 2009

"One of the play's inspirations is the persecution of theatre director Vsevolod Meyerhold, which eventually resulted in his torture and execution in 1940, after the brutal murder of his wife, Zinaida Raikh, the previous year. Perhaps surprisingly, Galloway has written a comedy, although he warns it does not remain light-hearted all the way through."

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