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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 27 April 2009
Before reading this volume, I was still in two minds about Stoppard. All dazzling surface and no meaningful depth? Or though-provoking themes combined with Wildean wit? The current collection of plays in volume 5 of Faber's Stoppard series, containing five full-length works for the stage written over four decades, should provide convincing evidence to settle the argument.

To my mind, no other Stoppard play can match the beauty and power of Arcadia, his 1993 triumph which, in the words of Jim Stewart, is the least likely of the plays to seem dated and the most likely to be revived. Reminiscent of Jumpers in its impossible juxtapositions (gymnastics and moral philosophy there), Arcadia's unlikely terrain of landscape gardening, thermodynamics, academic rivalry and chaos theory is unsurpassed in theatricality and invention. As a whole, the collection proves as scintillating on the page as on the stage and critic Michael Billington is surely apt in talking of Stoppard's Technicolour brilliance, 'delighting in language and the illusions of theatre', which privided a welcome antidote to the kitchen-sink realism of post-war English theatre.

Although some of the dialogue can seem outmoded (like that of the very un-p.c. Wagner in Night and Day) this is the Stoppard collection to top the rest. Plays like these delight and stretch the mind in equal measure.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 13 February 2008
...well, at least one-stop LATE Stoppard, though less catchy, and if they'd eased out Night and Day and slipped in Invention of Love it would have been even juicier. Otherwise, basically "The Kendal Years" with four of the plays written with that excellent actress's ballsy vivaciousness and comic sense in mind, and really just a supremely rich haul of entertainment and complex playcraft that will have you rereading and spotting new jokes till the cows come home, utterly pleasurable, and if you live in an out-of-the-way wee town like I do probably the only way you can ever enjoy Stoppard's work...why don't they film productions and release them on DVD so people outside London and New York can see them too??
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 1 June 2013
I bought this because I became a bit obsessed with 'Jumpers' after seeing it at the National a few years ago. Absolutely wonderful to read through it again I also found 'The Real Thing' enormously affecting.
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on 16 July 2010
I have recently seen "The Real Thing" and "Arcadia" and, as ever with Stoppard, missed some of the very intricate dialogue - so I bought the scripts. Well worth it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Well to tell you the truth, I bought this one for my mom too and in the process I have come to know and appreciate more of his genius. Superb

Chris
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on 18 March 2015
This was a good and neat transaction: book delivered in perfect condition, and promptly.
The plays within were outstanding - witty, amusing, and mind-enhancing.
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on 14 April 2015
Stoppard's life achievement is, truly, 'awesome', and I buy
everything I can get my hands on. So well done to Faber for putting
out these plays!
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on 29 March 2015
Wonderful selection of five of Stppards best plays
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on 27 February 2015
Good having this set of scripts in one volume
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 11 September 2013
I read amazing things about the play Arcadia and it really did not live up to expectations.

Currently reading Night & Day and still not overwhelmed.
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