Yes, Let's Get Together, But . . .

One would think that Heinz Lyscik, director of an East Berlin cabaret famous for its risque pillorying of the former political order, would be overjoyed at the fall of the Communists and the prospect of unification with the West. Imagine: no more hassles with the censors, complete artistic freedom, new crowds from the West flocking to his place, Die Distel. But Lyscik is more worried than cheered. Under the Communists, he notes, "we got 13 marks per ticket in subsidies. Tickets cost patrons only 1.50 marks. Now we are already up to 4 to 8 marks, and we don't know from...

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