Life and Fate is a big play.

The centrepiece of the Perth International Arts Festival’s theatre season covers big events, big themes and asks big questions of its cast and the audience.
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Lev Dodin, Maly Drama Theatre’s artistic director, has condensed this modern equivalent of War and Peace into a tight three hours that covers events in 1943 in Moscow, at the Battle of Stalingrad, in a Soviet labour camp, a Nazi concentration camp and the unnamed town where the central character’s Jewish mother dies.
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Some of the most chilling exchanges are between an SS officer and an old Bolshevik (a masterful Igor Ivanov) discussing the similarities between their countries’ forms of socialism with a chilling disregard for the people who had to die for their beliefs. It was these passages in particular that got Life and Fate banned in the Soviet Union.
— Jennie Fitzhardinge, WAToday, February 19, 2010