Tag Archives: Tom Stoppard
Leopoldstadt’s breathtaking scene of a family’s debate whether to flee the Third Reich — ended by a knock on the door — is only one facet in Tom Stoppard’s borderline masterpiece that tracks a half-century in the lives of a bourgeoise Jewish family in Vienna as the world around them changes.
Most biographies factually mirror the life and times of their subject in a chronological narrative. But few mirror the complexity and structure of the subject’s own work with the stunning faithfulness of Hermione Lee’s exhaustive and exhausting epic examination of one of the greatest playwrights in English or any other language, Tom Stoppard: A Life.
Palm Beach Dramaworks’ production of Arcadia is Tom Stoppard’s love letter to the miracle of human intelligence’s pursuit of learning — with a gentle jab at the hubris of those who are so taken with that pursuit.
When idea-hungry audiences at Palm Beach Dramaworks who have cheered Ionesco and Albee are faced with something less challenging, some complain to Producing Artistic Director William Hayes that they can see that fare elsewhere. They will get their wish in extremis this month with Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia.
Tom Stoppard’s play about the war between head and heart in romance, The Real Thing, is reputedly his most accessible. Yet on my fourth connection with it through the revival at Roundabout Theatre Company, it still doesn’t cleanly despite a starry cast.