Already closed | 2h 30m | Midtown W

Travesties

From 340 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Clever, Confusing, Funny, Intelligent

About the show

Roundabout Theatre Company presents the first Broadway revival of Tom Stoppard’s Tony Award-winning comedy direct from its hit runs at London’s Menier Chocolate Factory and on the West End.


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?

2h 30m | Already closed | American Airlines Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (340)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Clever, Confusing, Funny, Intelligent
77
Avg Score

80
Clever, Funny, Intelligent, Challenging, Thought-provoking

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.

55
Hifalutin, Excruciating, Irrelevant, Cliched

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.

Also Hollander's performance is embarrassing. Alternating​ from Estelle Gue... Read more Read less

30
Confusing, Dry, Excruciating, Disappointing, Boring

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.

88
Great acting, Delightful, Intelligent, Ambitious, Dizzying

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.

80
Ambitious, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging

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.

75
Clever, Disappointing, Great acting, Indulgent, Thought-provoking

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.

90
Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Indulgent

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

91
Ambitious, Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Funny

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

Also Hollander is exquisite, his facial expressions are priceless. Director... Read more Read less

92
For those not into stoppard's theatrical games, this is a mess; for those who cherish his combo of brilliance and crowd-pleasing entertainment, a triumph

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

Also Among Stoppard's brilliant theatrical conceptions: he uses footnote to... Read more Read less

62
Inaccessible, Confusing, Great acting, Indulgent, Dizzying

See it if you have at least a 180 IQ.

Don't see it if you don’t.

69
Great acting, Intelligent, Overrated, Dizzying, Ambitious

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.

85
Great acting, Great staging, Dizzying, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

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.

95
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Intelligent, Great acting

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.

89
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Masterful

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.

84
Intellectual, Hilarious, Masterful, Great acting, Great staging

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.

Also I saw the final performance yesterday, which is too bad since I would ... Read more Read less

97
Absorbing, Great singing, Great staging, Great writing, Hilarious

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.

88
Delightful, Funny, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing

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.

Also This play is not for sissies, you have your work cut out for you. You ... Read more Read less

60
Over rated, Slow

See it if you like slapstick. It was sometimes funny.

Don't see it if you prefer intelligent and engaging comedy and are not into slapstick.

95
Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Masterful, Must see

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.

90
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing

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

Also if you are unfamiliar with the characters either just go for the ride ... Read more Read less

72
Great acting, Dizzying, Confusing, Intelligent, Over my head

See it if Great acting, esp. Hollander & Numrich. My score reflects the fact that the show went over my head, despite my reading up on it beforehand.

Don't see it if Very fast paced, absurdist, tons of literary & historical references. If you're not familiar with them, you will be lost, as I was.

90
Intelligent, Slapstick-surrealism, Esoteric, Weirdly entertaining, Marvelously performed & designed

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.

Also The chaotic, page-strewn Travesties set offers a glimpse of the insane... Read more Read less

70
Confusing, Cliched, Fluffy, Funny, Quirky

See it if You saw it in london and you love tom hollander

Don't see it if you want to see a better revival play

72
Confusing, Great acting, Hilarious

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.

91
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Great writing

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.

Also I was lucky enough to have a seat near the stage so I was mesmerized b... Read more Read less


April 24th, 2018
"A work to remember, or misremember, for years to come...This latest incarnation is the clearest and...one of the liveliest. It should prove ridiculously entertaining for anyone with even a passing knowledge of its central characters...What makes 'Travesties' so deeply engaging and hilarious and ...
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April 24th, 2018
"Devilishly clever...Artfully reassembles in an olio of genres-farce, spy story, seminar, musical, history lesson, absurdist prank-with mixed-in of culture high and low...The facets of Stoppard's jewel-like play are overwhelmingly brilliant...In Marber's well-judged and high-spirited revival, the...
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April 25th, 2018
"A whirlwind of highbrow showmanship. But what keeps it from being pretentious is the sincere explosive joy with which it’s constructed...Stoppard’s writing is generous in its virtuosity...Among the triumphs of Marber’s production is the stellar comedy of its eight-person ensemble who unanimously...
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April 24th, 2018
"You don't have to enroll for a graduate degree to enjoy Stoppard's simultaneously wacky and intellectual comedy..That's largely due to the accessible nature of Marber's rollickingly staged production...The plot is nothing more than a springboard for the playwright's unique brand of clever wordpl...
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