Only three Americans were there, but their presence was significant. Along with 867 Russians last week, they witnessed the start of a new phase in U.S.-Soviet relations. Russia threw a fast satiric punch at the U.S., and the three Americans hardly knew how to take it.

In Moscow's Satire Theater the curtain rose on a new three-act comedy entitled Mr. Perkins' Mission to the Land of the Bolsheviks, written by ex-Vice Commissar of Foreign Afiairs Alexander Korneichuk, a topflight Russian playwright.

"Mr. Perkins," the play's leading character, is a rough-&-ready Chicago sausage manufacturer. He has journeyed to Russia to "see Mr....

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