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Marat/Sade Meets Marxism

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No more only have two nights left to see a group of earnest actors gyrating under a dirty bedsheet, and singing "U....topia!" like Animal Farm. We pointed to this revival production two days ago, but we saw it last night, and, God, is HOW TO EXPLAIN THE HISTORY OF COMMUNISM TO MENTAL PATIENTS the scariest story on Santa Monica Boulevard.

In an fiercely pro-Stalinist mental hospital,
with the dictator's portrait overshadowing the stage like a glowing lightbulb,
somewhere in the former USSR -
the esteemed Soviet realist writer Yuri Petrovski (Jeremy Lawrence) has been assigned to, yes, explain communism to the mentally ill. And he has just the metaphor to do it:

"In order to build a country where no one gets shit dumped on them again, we have to get rid of all the people who aren't willing to see things through."