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When this drama by Russian playwright Aleksei Arbuzov opened on Broadway in 1967, it was seen by some as a sign that the Soviets were finally beginning to loosen up. In place of socialist realism's forced optimism and blind patriotism, Arbuzov offers three not-particularly-heroic young people, who first struggle to survive the siege of Leningrad, and then, after the war, settle in for a life of diminishing returns. But for all of Arbuzov's admirable honesty, his characters lack specificity, and the dialogue—at least in Nick Dear's translation—is stilted and dull. What life there is in Keaton Wooden's production comes from Michael Stanfill's evocative projections of newsreel footage and Sarah Gilmore's sound design, which incorporates haunting music and frighteningly realistic noises of shelling. —Zac Thompson


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