The Russian International Ensemble is visiting Israel and I was conscripted to the Kameri Theater. The Who is Who of Tel Aviv Russian Community was there. You have to be a rabid Russian nationalist to find romance in Shukshin's stories about those earthy, pure Russian peasants living in the Russian heartland. Since my Russian is close to nil and the translation was poor, I did not appreciate the experience. They told me that Shukshin had captured the essence of the Russian soul and his stories were full of humor and peasant wisdom. Maybe. I do know that the actresses were astonishing, leggy blondes.