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The joke about Soviet musicals is that they feature dancing factory workers and singing tractor drivers. The truth about Soviet musicals, as revealed by Dana Ranga’s East Side Story, is that none of the Western preconceptions remains a joke. This reportedly hilarious documentary—which some have dubbed That’s Entertainment, Comrade—does indeed feature vintage footage of all-singing, all-dancing, all-capitalism-smashing laborers, as well as recent interviews with technicians and performers who describe the tribulations of making Marxist-Leninist tracts while emulating the MGM musical. Cross the Irony Curtain at 8 p.m. tonight and Friday at Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden’s Ring Auditorium, 7th & Independence Ave. SW. FREE. (202) 357-2700. (MJ)