January 22, 1990 |
Government disapproval brings its own reward, particularly for writers. Ask Vaclav Havel. Well, don't bother--everybody knows about the dissident playwright turned Czech leader. Ask Alexander Buravsky. When he started writing plays in 1980, the Soviet Ministry of Culture banned his works. Then along came perestroika. Political maverick Boris N. Yeltsin allowed a production, and Buravsky found himself the toast of Moscow with a hit play called "Speak Out."