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A theater company in Philadelphia is doing a mini-Stoppard festival next month with Arcadia as the centerpiece, and also rare performances of some of Stoppards' early short works which I hope to catch.

I've seen almost all of his major plays, the main exception being the massive three part The Coast of Utopia which received it's only American production at Lincoln Center a few years ago. I find Stoppard overall to be uneven. His cleverness and erudition sometimes overwhelm (and disguise) the meager scale of the drama. Still there are some genuine masterpieces (R&G, The Invention of Love, above all Arcadia) but also some clunkers (Rock n Roll, Jumpers, India Ink). I'm not in any way qualified to judge who should win the Nobel Prize, but his good plays seem good enough to me to merit serious consideration. And The Real Inspector Hound is one of the funniest plays I've ever seen (which counts for me but probably not for the Nobel judges).


Edited by roger, Sep 17 2014, 02:48 PM.
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