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By Venedikt Erofeev

Walpurgis evening, by acclaimed Russian author Venedikt Erofeev, is taken into account a vintage within the playwright’s native land. Erofeev’s darkish and humorous five-act satire of Soviet repression has been referred to as the comedian high-water mark of the Brezhnev period. Walpurgis Night dramatizes the outrageous trials of Lev Isakovich Gurevich, an alcoholic half-Jewish dissident poet limited through the nation to a sanatorium for the insane. In “Ward 3”—a microcosm of repressive Soviet society—Gurevich deploys his exceptional wit and ingenuity to bedevil his jailers, safeguard his fellow inmates, protest his incarceration, and customarily create mayhem, which eventually results in a tragedy of Shakespearean proportions.

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