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Can't get enough of that Russian political satire? This weekend is your last chance to see the Open Fist's production of HOW TO EXPLAIN THE HISTORY OF COMMUNISM TO MENTAL PATIENTS before they head off to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, which is sort of the Burning Man-meets-Sundance of theater festivals, with a lot of cobblestones.

The dark comedy, COMMUNISM, from the team of playwright Matei Visniec and director Florinel Fatulescu, was a hit for the Fist in their old space when they first produced it in 2000, eventually touring to New York, France, and Moldavia.

Its revival continues a conservative season for the company. The Fist revived John DeGroot's PAPA with Adrian Sparks as Hemingway, and just closed a slow, detail-oriented production of William Saroyan's THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE with another brilliantly drunk performance by Michael Franco, following his brilliantly drunk performance in CHERNOBYL. (LAist's review follows after the jump.)

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A number of LA companies are going to Edinburgh this year, including the comedy troupe Burglars of Hamm with their successful show "Easy Targets," where audience members throw balled-up socks at the actors. The montly recurring Easy Targets, like Sacred Fools's weekly Serial Killers, has consistent staying power.

So support your LA theaters before they head to the land of William Wallace:

HOW TO EXPLAIN THE HISTORY OF COMMUNISM TO MENTAL PATIENTS: Thursday, July 20th - Saturday July 22nd at 8 pm only, at the New Open Fist Theatre, 6209 Santa Monica Blvd. between Vine and Gower. Tickets: $20. Reservations: (323) 882-6912 or

EASY TARGETS: Friday, July 21st only, at M Bar, 1253 N. Vine (Hollywood & Vine) this Friday, July 21st at 8 pm only. Tickets: $5. Reservations: 323 856 0036.

Keep reading for a review of the Fist's THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE.