THE DEATH OF STALIN
First show: May 26
“Often raucously hilarious, neatly crafted, sometimes visually striking, packed with excellent performances and abrasively profane dialogue. (And) IT’S ALL TRUE!” -Minneapolis Star Tribune
The one-liners fly as fast as political fortunes fall in this uproarious, wickedly irreverent satire from Armando Iannucci (Veep, In the Loop). Moscow, 1953: when tyrannical dictator Joseph Stalin drops dead, his parasitic cronies square off in a frantic power struggle to be the next Soviet leader. Among the contenders are the dweeby Georgy Malenkov (Jeffrey Tambor), the wily Nikita Khrushchev (Steve Buscemi), and the sadistic secret police chief Lavrentiy Beria (Simon Russell Beale). But as they bumble, brawl, and backstab their way to the top, just who is running the government? Combining palace intrigue with rapid-fire farce, this audacious comedy is a bitingly funny takedown of bureaucratic dysfunction performed to the hilt by a sparkling ensemble cast. With Rupert Friend, Jason Isaacs and Andrea Riseborough.
Director Armando Iannucci. Writer Fabien Nury (comic book & screenplay), Thierry Robin (comic book & screenplay), Armando Iannucci (screenplay), David Schneider (screenplay), Ian Martin (screenplay) 2018. Rated R. DCP & HD Digital. 107 mins.
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