Tom Stoppard's dazzling comedy of art, love, and revolution features James Joyce, Tristan Tzara, and Lenin as remembered -- and misremembered -- by Henry Carr, a minor British diplomat in Zurich 1917. When Gwendolen and Cecily wander in from 'The Importance of Being Earnest,' Henry's mind wanders too. He knows he was Algernon in a production in Zurich. But who was the other one?
See it if you like a play that's sophisticated, funny, philosophical (re:art, politics, memory), rapid-fire, well-acted and well-staged. A wild ride!
Don't see it if you hate getting lost. Actors talk at warp speed. Read "Imptce... Earnest" first. Some peo left at intermission; I'd like to go a 2nd time.
See it if Just don't bother if you can avoid it. Numrich steals the show, the only saving grace of the show.
Don't see it if None of the Characters is treated in any interesting way. Nothing is new is learned about them.
See it if You prefer philosophical discussions over story and character development.
Don't see it if You are looking to have a good time and be entertained. It was not a fun night at the theater.
See it if You can appreciate a show that you might not understand till you’ve seen the whole thing, and even then it might be hard to explain it.
Don't see it if You want an easy to understand, easy to follow and easy to relate to story. This has some superb acting and is incredibly confusing.
See it if If you like an upbeat play with great writing, acting directing as well as lighting.
Don't see it if The show can get deep and needs your full attention. If you don't like humor, parody or satire.
See it if An intellectual delight A perfect tsunami of literature, history, theatricality, intellgence & punditry Cast is a dervish of perfection
Don't see it if Not for the feint of heart or non-Stoppard fans Dense historical/literary references (esp Wilde's Earnest) will cause much head scratching
See it if This is for Stoppard fans. He is at his early best. The staging is wonderful. the cast is super.
Don't see it if This is a play that THE CRITICS will love but the members will not. I am a member & I feel that Stoppard is just trying to show off.
See it if you're a fan of Stoppard or Hollander, like intelligent & absurd vocal farces, curious about DADA, Lenin & Joyce's time in Zurich
Don't see it if you're afraid of intellectual wordplay, verbal farces are not your thing, uncomfortable with British witticisms and puns or Stoppard
See it if you love circuses, puns & physical theater! Brilliant consideration on the purpose of art & its relation to sex among other things.
Don't see it if you need theater with a plot. There is some story but it is hard to discern in the wild staging.
See it if inventively brings together Lenin, Joyce, Dadaist 2 explore diff perspectives on art; hilarious farce; Tom Hollander extraordinary lead
Don't see it if at times seems as if Stoppard just wants to show how clever he is; still Stoppard's combo erudition/ingenuity/humor is amazing
See it if You love Stoppard’s uber-intelligent plays that weave historical fictions about authors and political figures.
Don't see it if You think the majority of Stoppard’s plays are too smart for their own good & you constantly feel as though you’re missing something.
See it if you love art, brilliant acting, writing & non stop, funny repartee; It's a plus to be well acquainted with Joyce, Lenin and Oscar Wilde.
Don't see it if you don't like farce and quick talking dialogue. Need to allow some of the glib conversation to flow over you and not think too hard.
See it if you have never seen a production of Tom Stoppard's gem. Acting and staging are of the highest caliber. Possibly better than the original!
Don't see it if you don't like fast-moving, witty plays with double-entendres and the like being volleyed at the audience.
See it if you want to see the best imaginable production of an early Stoppard play. It's very funny and superbly acted.
Don't see it if you don't like wordy intellectual plays.
See it if you love Stoppard, great acting, terrific sets&lighting.It takes you on a wild ride.Hold on & enjoy it.I can't tell you how good it is.GO!!!
Don't see it if you don't like Stoppard's brand of humor or style of writing.This is 1 of his best plays.Please go see it, & be open to something new.
See it if You have a chance to brush up on the background players. You love great writing in convoluted, multilayered, esoteric themes.
Don't see it if You dont delight in things like Wilde's Importance of Being Earnest. False identities, drawing room farce. Rapid fire overwritten dialog.
See it if high-energy British comedy about the not-very-reliable memories of a Henry Carr (wonderful T. Hollander)& historical figures in his orbit
Don't see it if would be bothered by British accents or not knowing some of the historical figures; want something linear
See it if you want to see and hear theater at its best. Tom Stoppard is pure genius. The cast and staging are impeccable.
Don't see it if you are looking for light fluff. This is satire at its most sophisticated form.
See it if you appreciate thinking-person plays; are well-versed in Modernism; don't mind being somewhat confused; are expecting lighthearted fare.
Don't see it if you must know what is happening at all times; don't appreciate Tom Stoppard's sometimes quirky and unclear decisions; don't want to think.
See it if British humor around WWI era topics: Dada, Lenin, James Joyce, and rich people life. Funny jokes if you know the topics, which I barely did
Don't see it if Historical / British humor to you is Meh. Debates about art, WWI politics, and literary works go over your head.
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See it if you are a Stoppard fan and want to see a bravura performance from Tom Hollander. The supporting cast is also great.
Don't see it if you don't want to focus on the dialogue. A little background reading helps gain a full understanding of the goings-on.
Also Fortunately, the Playbill provides some good notes.
See it if Love Stoppard, don't miss this production. Not his best work as it's a bit disjointed but the cast and staging make up for it.
Don't see it if Very talky and silly but not everyone's cup-of-tea.
See it if You are a fan of the brilliant writing of Tom Stoppard. Very clever play and Tom Hollander’s monologue at the beginning was outstanding.
Don't see it if You aren’t familiar with The Inportance of Being Ernest. You don’t enjoy very wordy plays.