RUSSIA: The Truth About America

Murphy: And the Russians are just as good as they were during wartime?

Smith: Just the same.

Murphy: Honestly, it's mean of them.

Smith: Why?

Murphy: Because if they were worse it wouldn't be so shameful for us to write such bad things about them.

Messrs. Smith and Murphy are characters in Konstantin Simonov's new play about the U.S., The Russian Question, which keeps up this kind of dialogue for three acts. As the play opened last week at Moscow's Lenin Komsomol Theater amid critical huzzahs, the big news was that the Soviet Government had chosen it as a deliberate device to form Russia's views...

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