The Theater: Spoof Sleuths, Nix Crix

THE REAL INSPECTOR HOUND and AFTER MAGRITTE

by TOM STOPPARD

Drama has an affinity for detection. Almost every play has elements of mystery and surprise. It is like a nest of clues that must be woven together in the course of an evening to reveal some final, unified meaning.

This dramatic aspect of riddle solving seems to have a special appeal for British Playwright Tom Stoppard. Much of his first play, Rosencrantz, and Guildenstern Are Dead, had those two pitiably bewildered title characters trying to figure out what the devil was going on in...

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