Theater: Soviet Exile's Blazing Debut

Soviet Exile's Blazing Debut Yuri Lyubimov stages Crime and Punishment in Washington

Four years ago Soviet Director Yuri Lyubimov opened an adaptation of Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment in London. Authorities in Moscow paid less attention to the rave reviews than to a London Times interview in which Lyubimov castigated Soviet censors for persistent interference with his work back home. Of 40 shows he had mounted, seven had been banned and many others had been rewritten or restaged. Said Lyubimov: "I am 65 years old, and I simply don't have the time to wait until these government officials finally arrive at an understanding of a culture that will be worthy of my native land."

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