Audience response chart for The Forest

From The Director's Prism: E. T. A. Hoffmann and the Russian Theatrical Avant-Garde by Dassia N. Posner

  • This "Record of Audience Responses," dated December 11, 1924, tracked audience responses for episodes 20–23 of The Forest.

    How to read the chart:

    • Numbers in the top row refer to the episode number in the production.

    • Handwritten notes in the two side columns refer to small segments of a given episode, identified in the header as "Lines, action, stunts, and other stimuli."

    • The far left column lists audience responses by number.

    The audience reactions recorded in this particular chart were 1, 2, 6, 9, 11, and 14, with the most common being 11 (laughter).

    See book: p. 89

Creator Role
  • Performing Arts
  • Premiere: January 19, 1924.
  • Chart created in response to December 11, 1924 performance
Related Section
Content Type
Citable Link
  • Audience response chart for The Forest, based on the play by Alexander Ostrovsky, directed by Vsevolod Meyerhold, Meyerhold Theatre (GosTIM) (premiere: January 19, 1924). Russian State Archive of Literature and Art, f. 963, op. 1, ed. khr. 362: 2.


  • Audience Responses [by number]:

    1. Silence
    2. Noise
    3. Loud noise
    4. Reciting along
    5. Singing
    6. Coughing
    7. Knocking [stamping]
    8. Fidgeting
    9. Shouting
    10. Weeping
    11. Laughing
    12. Sighing
    13. Commotion
    14. Applause
    15. Whistles
    16. Hissing
    17. Leaving the theater
    18. Standing
    19. Throwing things at the stage
    20. Rushing the stage