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by Tom Stoppard

This volume comprises the plays "The Real Inspector Hound", "Dirty Linen", "Dogg's Hamlet", "Cahoot's Macbeth" and "After Magritte".
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ISBN: 0571165699
ISBN13: 978-0571165698
Category: Literature
Subcategory: Dramas & Plays
Author: Tom Stoppard
Language: English
Publisher: Faber & Faber (February 1, 1993)
Pages: 256 pages
ePUB size: 1733 kb
FB2 size: 1356 kb
Rating: 4.2
Votes: 901
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I am a big fan of Tom Stoppard, and this play is the cornerstone of my affection for his work. The plot of what may clumsily be described as a play-within-a-play is fairly convoluted.
Two theater critics, Birdboot and Moon, are in attendance at the opening of a play which is a melodramatic re-hashing of every whodunit ever performed. Half-way through, Birdboot is drawn on-stage by a ringing phone, and the inner play begins again with Birdboot taking the part of the "mysterious stranger in our midst". After two scenes of Birdboot hitting on the actresses and improvising his lines, we come to the point in the play in which the character whose place Birdboot has taken is shot onstage. Birdboot falls to the ground dead, and the real murder mystery begins...
This long one-act is full of wit and verve. In the end, it is up to each member of the audience to put the pieces of the puzzle together and discover the true villain of the piece. A gem.
The play begins with two critics "conversing," which is pretty much both of them talking about their own thing and assuming the other is listening. While this goes on, the first to characters to be seen are introduced. For roughly the first half of the play basically deals with a new man in the area being introduced to the house and how both of the young women in the house seem to fight over his affections, while the droll maid watches. There are several death threats, which the maid witnesses. Eventually the man gets shot and "Inspector Hound" miraculously appears.
All along, the two critics have been commenting about the play and talking among themselves. During the intermission of the play within the play, the phone on the "stage" begins reading and one of the critics, Birdboot, walks on stage and picks it up. The woman on the phone is his wife. Birdboot gets drawn into the play due to the stunning beauty of the mistress of the house, who immediately falls for him. Eventually, the second critic by the name of Moon is introduced to the scene.
I don't know how to describe the comedy in this play. Though understanding the play requires a lot of thought, there are often moments when the humor is apparent. I enjoyed both watching this play and performing the role of the maid, Mrs. Drudge, during it. I hope you enjoy it too.
I'll admit that there is some entertainment value in this work, but it is still only barely worth the read. There is hardly any plot, at least not any that it is possible for the reader to follow. The play seems to be a failed attempt at a complex and funny play. The key words in the above sentance are "failed attempt". The idea and concept of the play is clever and ingenious but it needs a lot of work. Reading the play feels almost like reading someone's notes for a work in progress. The basic plot outline is just starting to take shape but the actual story is missing. Perhaps this play would be better if it were seen performed than simply read. Maybe with the right directors and actors it could be funny and entertaining. However, I would not recommend that anybody take the time to read this book. If you want to know the story, ask someone who read it because what they tell you in a minute will be basically as much as the play presents to the reader in its entire length.