YEAR AND MONTH:
Primedi, 21 Germinal, l'an III de la République Française (vendredi 10 avril 1795).
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The article was published in the column Variétés.
'Larive, with a rather new sensibility, identifies as one of the main causes of the decadence, the gigantic dimensions of the new theaters and their architectural structure which prevents the actor from expressing himself at his best.' What damages the theater, according to Larive, is also the public's lack of discernment (being constituted mostly by soldiers, students, manual laborers, clerks, nouveaux riches) and the foibles of the actors. (See Valeria De Gregorio Cirillo, Un attore e il suo repertorio. Dall'Antico Regime alla Restaurazione: Jean Maudit Larive, Napoli, Liguori, 2010, pp. 296-298).
Two days after its publication in the Moniteur universel, the article appeared in the Journal des théâtres, in the column Variétés, 283-288.
The main points of the article resurface in Réflexions sur l'art théâtral (see) and in chapter XXI of Cours de déclamation (see).