Travesties | Greenhouse Theater Center | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through May 3 2015
Price: $42.50-$52.50
Tom Stoppard is the Will Shortz of playwriting. Like the New York Times crossword puzzle editor, Stoppard trades in the clever riddle, the esoteric reference, the trick question, and the sly joke hidden among snappy clues. Like Shortz, too, Stoppard is a master. Since the mid-1960s his scripts have toyed with subjects ranging from Hamlet (Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead) to 19th-century Russian radicals (The Coast of Utopia), academia and the moon (Jumpers) to espionage and motherhood (Hapgood), Lord Byron and mathematics (Arcadia) to love and the artist's life (The Real Thing).

But Travesties may be the most Shortzian of Stoppard's plays. First performed in 1974, it's an orgy of erudition, a cerebro-slapstick, dropping names and pastiching classics with the same abandon that the Three Stooges applied to cracking heads. Picture some of the founders of the 20th-century world engaged in nearly three hours of highly sophisticated why-I-oughtas. Continue reading >>



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