About the Book
Based on the classic farce The Play at the Castle by Ferenc Molnár, Rough Crossing takes place on a cruise ship as two playwrights struggle to finish a musical comedy and rehearse it before docking in New York. In On the Razzle, adapted from Einen Jux will er sich machen by Johann Nestroy, two shop assistants live it up while dodging their employer in the restaurants and nightspots of nineteenth-century Vienna. Václav Havel’s Largo Desolato portrays a tortured writer living in a totalitarian state. The play is dedicated to Tom Stoppard, who provided the translation for its world premiere in Bristol in 1986. Taken together, these three plays reveal Stoppard as a groundbreaking playwright and a master of comic technique, and are available for the first time together in this new volume.
Praise for Rough Crossing, On the Razzle, and Largo Desolato
“[Rough Crossing] demonstrates anew why [Stoppard] is the most brilliant writer of stage comedy alive, perhaps the most brilliant who ever lived . . . Accessible and ineffably charming . . . Radiant theater.”—Chicago Tribune, on Rough Crossing
“On the Razzle puts [Stoppard’s] own distinctive spin on the farce . . . Strewn with wordplays and verbal gymnastics, by turns brilliant and outrageously silly.” —New York Times, on On the Razzle
“Stoppard’s version emerges as a wonderfully comic and un-self-pitying piece . . . A comic writer of genius.” —Times (UK), on Largo Desolato