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"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.

Attention, Sweden: Tom Stoppard Deserves the Nobel Prize

Felipe Munhoz | Posted 06.12.2013 | Books
Felipe Munhoz

Don't forget Tom Stoppard. He's among the few masters; he's a unique mind, true genius. He deserves the Nobel Prize.

A Pink Floyd Play To Celebrate 40 Years Of 'Dark Side'

AP | Posted 03.28.2013 | Arts

LONDON -- He wrote a play called "Rock `n' Roll," and now Tom Stoppard is returning to the topic with a radio drama inspired by Pink Floyd. The play ...

Doomed Marriages Take Over Broadway

AP | MARK KENNEDY | Posted 05.04.2013 | Arts

NEW YORK — Two celebrated stage works about marriages in crisis by Tom Stoppard and Donald Margulies are heading to Broadway. The Roundabout Th...

Tom Stoppard: 'Not Adapting My Own Plays for Film'

Wyatt Closs | Posted 04.21.2013 | Entertainment
Wyatt Closs

Award-Winning screenwriter and playwright Tom Stoppard, who received the Writers Guild of America, West's 2013 Laurel Award for Film, says he doubts that he would ever adapt any of his own theatrical works for the screen.

Anna Karenina, Unfinished

Sean Lyngaas | Posted 01.21.2013 | Entertainment
Sean Lyngaas

Joe Wright's adaptation neglects one of the most intriguing and autobiographical storylines of the novel.

Review: Anna Karenina

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.14.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

With Keira Knightley as the muse, Joe Wright and screenwriter Tom Stoppard transform Tolstoy's classic into a film that is emotionally wrenching, even as it turns the world it depicts inside out.

Toronto Diary or "Who's Vronsky?"

Erica Abeel | Posted 09.08.2012 | Entertainment
Erica Abeel

I arrived in Toronto on a muggy afternoon to be blown away by Joe Wright's adaptation of Tolstoy's Anna Karenina. But Wright should brace for some critical roughing up.