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Set in Stalin's Kremlin at the end of the second world war, this farce made me laugh out loud all the way through, while simultaneously reeling at the barbarism and cynicism of powerful rulers. If you think that war is noble, and that civilian deaths are insignificant, then this story will make no sense. I think that's the point.
Howard Barker is a British playwright. His plays have been produced at the Royal Court, the RSC and the National Theatre, throughout Europe and the USA and by his own company, The Wrestling School. He is best known as the exponent of the Theatre of Catastrophe. He is a theatre theorist, a poet and a painter. His work has been the subject of a number of book-length studies and academic conferences.More about Howard Barker