After Magritte/Real Inspector Hound
By Tom Stoppard
Directed by Zachary Davis
April 8- May 7, 2005
Tom Stoppard delights and confuses his audiences with his quick wit and sharp allusions.
Inspired by the incongruous images of Rene Magritte, Stoppard's "After Magritte," features a couple and an inspector who find themselves oddly intertwined over a strange encounter and a peculiar domestic scene.
In "The Real Inspector Hound," two theatre critics find themselves, quite literally, drawn into the action of the play they are critiquing.
Here's what our critics say:
"[Director Zachary] Davis makes ingenious use of Piccolo's unique space in the remodeled Main Street Metra station in Evanston, taking advantage of, rather than ignoring, some of the quirks of a non-traditional theater space (like windows). The cast is generally excellent... Ken Raabe as Hound's blustery critic, Birdboot, is a standout.
Time Out Chicago
If you can't see much humor in paradoxes about art and reality, check out the Tom Stoppard doubleheader at Piccolo Theatre.
Bruce Ingram, Evanston Review
Consider these two one-act Stoppard plays as bite-sized morsels of sassy theater. Satire, mystery, and social commentary prove a nice recipe for a satiating stage presentation.
Fauzia Arain, Chicago Tribune