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Tom Stoppard

Writers Share the Stage with Nostradamus at Pen International Festival

Nancy Cohen-koan | Posted 05.05.2015 | Arts
Nancy Cohen-koan

Writers dream of a better place and what they can do to right the wrongs that artists feel so deeply. These readings could have taken place in a San Francisco cellar with Lenny Bruce and George Carlin waiting in the wings.

Something Rotten!: An Omelette With Cheese

Regina Weinreich | Posted 05.02.2015 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

In Something Rotten!, as in the famed line from Hamlet, "there's something rotten in the state of Denmark," two Bottom brothers, one a talented poet named Nigel (John Cariani) and the other Nick (Brian d'Arcy James), compete with Shakespeare (Christian Borle), the rock star of the Renaissance.

'The Real Thing', Long Beach Playhouse Mainstage Theatre at Long Beach, California

James Scarborough | Posted 05.01.2015 | Arts
James Scarborough

Mostly well done, Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing, directed by Sean Gray for the Long Beach Playhouse Mainstage Theatre, recounts the story of Henry (Noah Wagner), a brilliant and celebrated playwright.

Charmed, I'm Sure!

George Heymont | Posted 04.24.2015 | Arts
George Heymont

When people with widely disparate cultural beliefs meet up in real life, several outcomes are possible. One of the best examples of this phenomenon was depicted in Pacific Overtures (the 1976 Broadway musical which focused on the historical moment in which Japan opened its isolated island society to Western culture).

Love and Art Are on Full Display in Stoppard's 'Indian Ink' at American Conservatory Theater

Jason Mannino | Posted 03.29.2015 | San Francisco
Jason Mannino

"Rasa" is the Indian term that describes the essence of an artwork. It only occurs through a participant's uplifted experience of the art and it is flowing in full force in American Conservatory Theater's new production of Tom Stoppard's Indian Ink.

What Tom Stoppard Says About Consciousness in His New Play

Alain Elkann | Posted 03.28.2015 | World
Alain Elkann

The "hard problem" as you probably know is actually a phrase referring to the problem of accounting for consciousness. Most things are not conscious. This table we are sitting at isn't conscious. Vegetables aren't conscious. We are conscious, and nobody understands how we do that; physically, scientifically or metaphysically. Nobody really knows; and that's the "hard problem."

Stoppard's Indian Ink Returns to ACT, Visually Gorgeous but Dramatically Uneven

Leo Stutzin | Posted 03.27.2015 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

No one should be surprised when any theatrical canvas painted by Tom Stoppard is enormous: In Indian Ink, he outdid himself, perhaps too ambitiously.

"The Real Thing": Tom Stoppard's Love Play With McGregor and Gyllenhaal

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 10.31.2014 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

The course of true love never did run smooth, as one of Tom Stoppard's favorite writers once observed, but for the star-crossed adulterers in The Real...

Theater Review: Stoppard's The Real Thing From Roundabout Theater

Dina Mikhails | Posted 12.17.2014 | Arts
Dina Mikhails

We have a lot of fun watching these couples flirt, banter and reconcile, yet there's an absence of true emotion that left me feeling lighter than I should have in a play about jealousy, knowledge and the preservation of one's self in a marriage.

Stage Door: Indian Ink, Lennon Through A Glass Onion, Timber!

Fern Siegel | Posted 12.16.2014 | Arts
Fern Siegel

The playwright, who spent part of his childhood in India, has fashioned Indian Ink as a chamber piece, an intimate story of love, memory and cross-cultural miscues. It's as much a chiding of presumptuous biographers, as it is a study in the sensitivity and caprices of love and time.

Tom Stoppard Conjures the Raj, Then and Now

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 10.01.2014 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

It is always a joy to spend a night at the theater with Tom Stoppard. You can count on sparkling and witty wordplay, a mystery or two to be solved, a ...

Stoppard in India

Steven Suskin | Posted 11.30.2014 | Entertainment
Steven Suskin

Mid-period Stoppard -- that is, the work of the acclaimed Czech-born British playwright in his fifties and early sixties -- brought forth a remarkable series of intricate, thought-provoking-but-inviting plays like Hapgood, Arcadia, The Invention of Love and The Coast of Utopia.

Lee Hall Compares Translating 'Shakespeare in Love' From the Screen to the Stage to Doing an Enormous Suduko

Jim Hill | Posted 10.04.2014 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

Now that Shakespeare in Love has officially opened in the West End and been hailed by the critics as " ... a grand adaptation" and " ... a swooning delight," Lee Hall is ready to talk about how tough it actually was to translate the Academy-Award winning screenplay to the stage.

The Belarus Free Theatre: Committing Dangerous Acts

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 09.28.2014 | Arts
Marcia G. Yerman

Tthe hardships of living under the claustrophobic and brutal Belarusian regime of death squads, disappeared persons and jailings has gone under the radar. Hopefully, this documentary will boost concern and ignite interest and support for those who are suffering.

Undeniable Labors of Love

George Heymont | Posted 08.27.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

Politicians, warriors and self-important fools frequently fail to learn anything from the past. But for creative types, the past offers a wondrous portal which invites them to explore science and history (as well as the history of comparative religion, costume design, distant cultures and lots more).

The Sufferings of Young Everyman

Francis Levy | Posted 07.29.2014 | Arts
Francis Levy

When you read about the lives of great thinkers and artists, one is forced to note that the human factor is the one thing that is often missing.

Stoppard and Sappho

Anne Margaret Daniel | Posted 04.20.2014 | Books
Anne Margaret Daniel

As I read the two new Sappho poems for the first time, I thought of Stoppard constantly. It seemed as if he'd somehow conjured them into re-existing, to me at least, by the graceful, gracious way he treated Sappho in his most recent stage play.

Errant Messages

Tamsin Smith | Posted 04.13.2014 | Arts
Tamsin Smith

If a poem is how thoughts feel, Lynn Whitford gives those feelings physical form. In a sense, she illustrates the way a certain poem can find us and take possession of us.

'Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead'... Again

AP | MARK KENNEDY | Posted 01.25.2014 | Arts

NEW YORK (AP) — Playwright Tom Stoppard's first big hit starred two unlikely heroes — a pair of insignificant characters lifted from "Hamlet." "R...

A Pair of Pitch Perfect Productions

George Heymont | Posted 02.08.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

Earlier this year, two plays by two of Britain's most beloved playwrights were presented within a block and a half of each other in downtown San Francisco.

An Open Letter to the New York Review of Books

Jane Vandenburgh | Posted 10.11.2013 | Books
Jane Vandenburgh

You can imagine my shock, therefore, when I read down the Table of Contents of the New York Review of Books' most recent issue and thought, "Really?"

Writing What's Maybe Almost Halfway Brave

Jane Vandenburgh | Posted 09.20.2013 | Books
Jane Vandenburgh

It was with an expansive sense of our own good fortune that we sat to listen to Cheryl Strayed's keynote, maybe the most generous writer-to-writer talk I've ever heard.

Wit, Intellect and Sensuality Propel Stoppard's Radiant 'Arcadia' at ACT

Leo Stutzin | Posted 07.28.2013 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

Tom Stoppard's genius has never shone more brightly than in Arcadia, his intricate and passionate exploration of the pursuit of cutting-edge scientific knowledge, arcane literary discovery, artistic and scholarly fame, and uninhibited, uncommitted sex.

PHOTOS: What Famous Authors Wrote In Their Books

Posted 05.15.2013 | Books

What do famous authors think when they look back at their earlier books? The English branch of PEN, the international writers' organization that promo...

The Fine Art of Pleasuring a Big Black Giant

George Heymont | Posted 07.07.2013 | Arts
George Heymont

Earlier this year, I attended the opening nights of two Bay area productions that could not have been more dissimilar. In each case, the audience's final response was telling.