Picks and Pans Review: Sporting Scenes of 1981

updated 04/06/1987 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 04/06/1987 AT 01:00 AM EDT

by Eduard Radzinsky

A sort of Russian Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, this smash hit concerns two tense, shallow married couples, members of the Soviet elite who spend their lives pursuing cushy jobs, imported clothing and Japanese-made stereos. Critics see the work as an attack on the sins of society under the now-discredited Leonid Brezhnev.

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