Show Business: Who Is the Brute?

It is dark and the door opens. The figure enters. It pauses. It is a man wearing a greatcoat—putts down his collar. He goes to a small oil lamp and lights it. In the light we see Beria's face . . . The door creaks open . . . Another bundled figure enters the dacha . . . It is Malenkov.

The stage directions spelled out the beginning of a plot— The Plot to Kill Stalin —Playhouse 90's scheduled return this week to the shrinking world of live TV drama (Thurs. 9:30 p.m., E.D.T., CBS)....

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