Arcadia | Lincoln Park Cultural Center | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through June 16 2012
Price: $25
Tom Stoppard's 1993 play—perhaps his finest—is about as zippy as intellectual drama gets, bouncing back and forth between events taking place in two different centuries at a single English country manor. One plot thread unwinds in 1809 and has to do with a quarrel involving Lord Byron; the other is set in the present, when a preening university don arrives to research the Byron incident. This New Leaf Theatre production has great moments, but Jessica Hutchinson's unsubtle direction frequently indulges Stoppard's showy writing at the expense of the finer points. The script's many relationships become a muddle. Still, the combination of Hutchinson's galloping tempo and Stoppard's whirlwind erudition—thermodynamics, literary history, landscape design, oh my!—make the lengthy play fly by. —Keith Griffith



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