A story of the Moscow State Yiddish Theatre and what happens to it under Stalinist oppression sounded, to me, like something Mikhail Bulgakov would have written, so I certainly wanted to see Making Stalin Laugh. David Schneider has crafted a funny, satirical play that doesn’t shy away from the fear those involved experienced, and the tragedy they faced.
There is a strong central performance from Darrell D’Silva as artistic director Solomon Mikhoels, who in real life was murdered by the NKVD in 1948. There is also an excellent supporting cast playing members of the theatre and the ruling elite. An intelligent piece.