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Salvage The first two plays in Tom Stoppard's mammoth Coast of Utopia trilogy, Voyage and Shipwreck, were exciting intellectual mini-epics. ...Salvage The first two plays in Tom Stoppard's mammoth Coast of Utopia trilogy, Voyage and Shipwreck, were exciting intellectual mini-epics. ...2007-03-09
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Salvage

Starring: Ethan Hawke, Brian F. O'Byrne; Director: Jack O'Brien; Author: Tom Stoppard; Opening Date: 03/18/2007

The first two plays in Tom Stoppard’s mammoth Coast of Utopia trilogy, Voyage and Shipwreck, were exciting intellectual mini-epics. Salvage should be where the cycle blows up even bigger; instead, it plays like a long anticlimax. Herzen (Brian F. O’Byrne), our Russian thinker-hero, lost his wife and child in Shipwreck; in Salvage (note the passiveness of even the title), he merely starts an underground newsletter. For the first time, Stoppard’s stuffed writing feels small alongside the wondrousness of Jack O’Brien’s still-grand staging. Catch the marathon, or else skip part 3.