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1. a theatrical or other entertainment
2. a sporting event consisting of contests in which riders perform different exercises to show their skill and their horses' ability and breeding
3. stop the show Informal (of a stage act, etc.) to receive so much applause as to interrupt the performance



(in Russian, obozrenie), a variety or theater presentation that consists of separate scenes and variety, choreographic, instrumental, and vocal numbers. The elements of a show are united by a common theme.

Shows first appeared in the 1830’s in France under the name of revues and had a topical interest, but at the end of the 19th century the revue was transformed into a simple entertainment vehicle. In the Soviet theater and the theater of socialist countries, such as Poland and Rumania, shows are comic and satiric presentations. They are part of the repertoire of variety theaters, music halls, and theaters of miniature genres, such as the Leningrad Theater of Variety and Miniature Genres.

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