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Rough Crossing and On The Razzle Hardcover – 7 Oct 1991

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Faber and Faber (7 Oct. 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571164005
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571164004
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 14 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,912,350 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Adaptation in Stoppard's terms means finding a sympathetic text and using it as a springboard for invention that leaves the original far behind."--Irving Wardle's description of the first production of "Rough Crossing "also applies to "On the Razzle,"
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Tom Stoppard was born in 1937 in Czechoslovakia. His early years were spent in Singapore, India and, from 1946, England, after his mother married an officer in the British Army. Leaving school at seventeen, Stoppard worked as a reporter in Bristol, before moving to London to work as a theatre critic and feature writer. During this period he began to write plays for radio and for the stage and published his only novel, Lord Malquist and Mr Moon. His first major success, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, was produced in London in 1967 at the Old Vic after critical acclaim at the Edinburgh Festival. Subsequent plays include Enter a Free Man, The Real Inspector Hound, Jumpers, Travesties, Night and Day, Every Good Boy Deserves Favour (with Andre Previn), After Magritte, Dirty Linen, The Real Thing, Hapgood, Arcadia, Indian Ink, The Invention of Love, the trilogy The Coast of Utopia and Rock 'n' Roll. His radio plays include If You're Glad, I'll Be Frank, Albert's Bridge, Where Are They Now?, Artist Descending a Staircase, The Dog It Was That Died and In the Native State. Work for television includes Professional Foul and Squaring the Circle. His film credits include Empire of the Sun, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, which he also directed, Shakespeare in Love (with Marc Norman) and Enigma.$$$In August 2002 the Royal National Theatre in London premièred Stoppard's trilogy - Voyage, Shipwreck and Salvage - three sequential self-contained plays that comprise The Coast of Utopia.

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Format: Paperback
I have only read (and performed in an amateur production of) "On the Razzle", so if you want to know about "Rough Crossing" this review is not for you. However, "Razzle" I can safely say is one of the funniest plays written in the 20th century.
Quite a lot of the humour comes through performance, and when reading the play, you might think things aren't funny, or are a little too obvious. Trust me, you are wrong.
The interraction between Weinberl and Christopher is one of the main selling points, but Zangler is fantastically pompous and stupid, and Melchior is simply classic (in joke).
And, of course, the Italian waiter who may or may not have been played by me is the star of the show. Obviously.
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5.0 out of 5 stars absolutely, totall, fantastically brilliant! (I liked it.) 13 Mar. 1997
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These two plays (in one volume) are ones that only true Stoppard devotees have read. When Stoppard's "accomplishments" are listed, they always include ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD, JUMPERS, ARCADIA, and the likes. But they almost never include these two plays. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely loved all of the plays listed above (and just about everything else Stoppard has written), and I heartily recommend them. But "ROUGH CROSSING" AND "ON THE RAZZLE" certainly ought to be on the list. Both are adaptations of other plays (but in the same way that ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD is an adaptation of HAMLET -- that is, Stoppard takes the other plays as a starting point and goes from there) and both are absolutely hilarious. "ROUGH CROSSING" is the story of a producer, director, musician, and a couple of actors on a boat bound for New York and a Broadway theater. The only glitch is that they have to write the musical before they get there! In typical Stoppard form, the lead actor (Adam) has a speech impediment, so that he is always responding to a character after several other characters have already said something. Stoppard's genius lies in his ability to make Adam's statements mean different things depending on what they are responses to! The writing is difficult to describe, but a true treat to read. "On the Razzle" is equally complicated and equally funny. If you are a Stoppard fanatic or have never heard of the man before, GET THIS BOOK! You WILL enjoy it
5.0 out of 5 stars chaos 19 Feb. 1999
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Format: Hardcover
this play was hilarious. Rough Crossing is wonderful, and in usual Stoppard form, filled with quirky characters. Dvornechek (sp?), the waiter who keeps drinking the cognac he brings for his passengers, is one of the funniest characters i've come across. the others have their little "traits," too, adding up to a wonderfully confusing show.
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