A Day in a Dictator's Life

It may be 15 years since the reviled Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu and his wife, Elena, were executed by firing squad, but their ghosts linger on. The couple has been the subject of several books, TV programs and documentaries. Now, Ceausescu's 25-year rule has been put onstage: A Day in the Life of Nicolae Ceausescu opened in February at the Teatrul Mic (Small Theater) in Bucharest to sell-out crowds and positive reviews. The play mocks the Ceausescus' megalomania and drive for absolute power, but it also makes the point that, for better or worse, the despised couple put Romania on the...

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