AUTHOR: TOM STOPPARD
WHERE: NATIONAL THEATRE, LONDON
THE BOTTOM LINE: Cerebral pleasures yield to emotional pain in a wry blend of Byron, biographers, physics and gardens.
It's nearly a decade since a new Tom Stoppard play has been seen on Broadway, not because he hasn't been working or has lost his arch wit and narrative originality, but because commercial producers fear that his learned , tragicomedies demand too much of audiences intellectually and indulge them too little emotionally. Stoppard's Hapgood mingled a spy story, a love story, games of mistaken identity and reflections on physics, and has never had...