Greece: Lack of Humor In High Places

Lack of Humor In High Places

The hottest ticket in Athens last week was a satire at the Athinaion Theater titled What the Japanese Saw. The two-hour burlesque heaps salty abuse on Greek President Christos Sartzetakis. "The country was in a mess," mourns one of the show's comedians, "then Sartzetakis came along too. Is it possible to look at this fathead and not laugh?" Added to those insults were plenty of barbs deploring the President's allegedly pompous ways. What made the show SRO, however, was the fact that its two main actors had just been arrested, briefly jailed, then tried and acquitted on the basis of their...

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