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On the Razzle - Full Length Play, Comedy

On the Razzle

Tom Stoppard

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Full Length Play, Comedy

15m, 10f

ISBN: 9780573620003

"While preserving the beautiful intricacies of this construction, Stoppard has embellished Razzle with a dazzle of verbal wit an unremitting firework display of puns, crossword puzzle tricks and sly sexual innuendos." - London Daily Telegraph.

Please note: in the UK this title is available in a Samuel French single play edition, or in the volume "Stoppard Plays 4" with Dalliance, Undiscovered Country, Rough Crossing and The Seagull.

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Description

Full Length Play

Comedy

This recent hit in London is a free adaptation of the 19th century farce by Johann Nestroy that provided the plot for Thornton Wilder's The Merchant of Yonkers, which led to The Matchmaker, which led to Hello, Dolly. The story is basically one long chase, chiefly after two naughty grocer's assistants who, when their master goes off on a binge with a new mistress, escape to Vienna on a spree.
"While preserving the beautiful intricacies of this construction, Stoppard has embellished Razzle with a dazzle of verbal wit an unremitting firework display of puns, crossword puzzle tricks and sly sexual innuendos." - London Daily Telegraph

"Apart from Jumpers and The Importance of Being Earnest there may be no script in English funnier than On the Razzle." - London Observer

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15m, 10f

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Room for Extras

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Plus extras and 6 musicians

Author
Tom Stoppard

Tom Stoppard

Sir Tom Stoppard is a Czech-born playwright. He began his career in England in 1954 as a journalist, soon moving to London in 1960 to start work as a playwright. His first play, A Walk on the Water (1960), which was televised in 1963, soon reached London with a stage version titled Enter a Free Man (1968). His next work, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (1964-65), showed at the 1966 Edinburgh ... view full profile

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Robert Rotenberry 6/3/2015 12:19 AM
I have been thinking of directing this play for many years.   After almost backing out I an finally taking the plunge this year.  With 25 speaking roles, an ensemble and even musicians (and a horse) this is an epic farce.

This road trip wild farce it will seem very similar in some respects because it is based on the same Austrian play as its source as Thornton Wilder's The Matchmaker. Tom Stoppard has made his version definitely unique.   There is an ongoing play on words as two grocery clerks decide to take advantage of their boss's trip to town to have an adventure of their own.  Outrageous situations abound as they try to avoid their boss and meet two women before it all ends up where it started in the grocery shop where everything works out for us.

This is a huge tech show with multiple sets and period costumes so this will not be an easy production.   The laughs flow constantly between comic interactions and slapstick comedy.
Gena Lea Smith 4/24/2014 9:16 AM
The chase and excitement of this show have me thinking of blocking and staging and casting already.  I am very interested in adding this title to our upcoming season.

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