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Somber 80th Reprise for Last Tsar's Tragedy

But for a mere coincidence, the 80th anniversary of the abdication of the last Russian tsar might have passed absolutely unmarked. On the night of March 2, 1917, isolated by his courtiers and pressed by mass protests, Nicholas II abdicated in favor of his brother, Mikhail, who in turn yielded the throne the next day -- paving the way for the anarchy that led to the Bolsheviks' takeover later that year. The subsequent slaughter of Nicholas and his family at the hands of the Soviets in 1918 was the theme of a performance Monday night of ""The Last Night of the Last Tsar"" at the Manezh exhibition hall. And while the showing of the acclaimed Edward Radzinsky play might have seemed timed for the occasion, its producer said she booked the theater for this week only because no other dates were available. ""Of course there is something mystical about it,"" said the play's producer, Galina Bogolyubova, who added that she does not like ""anniversaries.

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