Travesties

By Tom Stoppard
Directed by Nick Sandys
March 25 – May 3, 2015

Stoppard takes you on a Wilde ride.

Toss together James Joyce, Vladimir Lenin, and Dadaist poet Tristan Tzara in Zurich in 1917 (where they really were), throw in limericks and lyrics and The Importance of Being Earnest, then shred the whole mélange through the mixed-up mind of an aging British civil servant (who has a big grudge against Joyce concerning a pair of trousers), and you’ve entered the Wilde-ly witty world of Travesties. Call it a madcap meditation on revolutions in art and politics, or call it The Importance of Being in The Importance of Being Earnest, Travesties is a romp that will leave your brain whirling as only Stoppard’s brilliance can.

Cast

Greg Matthew Anderson, Tristan Tzara
Kelsey Brennan, Gwendolen
Jeff Cummings, Henry Carr
James Houton, James Joyce
Jodi Kingsley, Nadya
Keith Neagle, Lenin
Scott Olson, Bennett
Meg Warner, Cecily

 

Reviews

Four Stars
“scintillating, smart — and surprisingly touching”
“Sandys’ production zigs and zags between well-placed shots to the brain and the funny bone like a pinball machine teetering at the top of the Matterhorn.”
– Kerry Reid, Chicago Tribune

“a spectacular Remy Bumppo production”
“The actors are bedazzling, one and all”
“completely buoyant”
– Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times

“Fast and furious, it’s also fun.”
– Lawrence Bommer, Stage and Cinema

 

Field Guide to Travesties

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