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Jumpers This revival of Tom Stoppard's cerebral 1972 comedy feels less like a play and more like a madman's thesis. It focuses on a second-rate philosophy...Jumpers This revival of Tom Stoppard's cerebral 1972 comedy feels less like a play and more like a madman's thesis. It focuses on a second-rate philosophy...2004-05-07
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Jumpers

Starring: Simon Russell Beale; Director: David Leveaux; Opening Date: 04/25/2004

This revival of Tom Stoppard’s cerebral 1972 comedy feels less like a play and more like a madman’s thesis. It focuses on a second-rate philosophy professor (Simon Russell Beale) and his jabbering attempts to write a lecture – while his gorgeous wife hides a dead body in her closet. Act 1 succumbs to some numbing verbal calisthenics. But Act 2 delivers an increasingly dazzling array of absurdities (including the arrival of Tarzan and the archbishop of Canterbury). Ultimately, director David Leveaux brings a genuine radiance to the idea of intellectual hysteria – and as best one can tell, that’s the point. (TC or TM)

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