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NIGHT AND DAY by Tom Stoppard

Tom Stoppard sits down at a keyboard of words, and plays upon them with wickedly clever virtuosity. Few can resist his cerebral variations on the themes of Hamlet in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, and The Importance of Being Earnest in Travesties.

For Stoppard, his new play Night and Day, currently running at London's Phoenix Theater, is a distinct departure. The characters are emotionally engaged and audience-involving. Like flexing previously unused muscles, this leads to odd moments of strain, which is not to say that Stoppard's satiric eye and élan vital do not make for a prevailingly...

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