Every Good Boy Deserves Favor and Professional Foul
It is Tom Stoppard's very special skill as the master comedian of ideas in the modern theater to create brilliant, biting humor out of serious concerns. Virtually assaulting the audience with a cascade of words and a conspicuous display of intellect, Stoppard, in "Every Good Boy Deserves Favor," contrasts the circumstances of a political prisoner and a mental patient in a Soviet insane asylum, to question the difference, if any, between free will and the freedom to conform. The situation, in which the mental patient "hears" an orchestra, is both chilling and funny as we are introduced to two men who happen to share the same name, are in carcerated in the same cell, and are attended by the same doctor.
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The first gets four stars, the second maybe three. Funny to read, but doesn't really stick in your memory the way, for example, Harold Pinter's The Homecoming, which I read in the same college class, does. Read full review
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aisle Alexander Ivanov ALEXANDER’s ANDERSON stands André Previn arrested Arsenal’naya bedroom behaviour bench Boy Deserves Favour briefcase BROADBENT Bukovsky CELL chair CHAIRMAN CHAMBERLAIN Charter 77 CHETWYN closes the door Colloquium COLONEL comes CRISP Czech Czechoslovakia Dear Sacha Deml desk DOCTOR England English ethics Fainberg fictions FRENCHMAN give glances GRAYSON GRAYSON’s room He’s hear HOLLAR HOLLAR’s envelope IVANOV sits IVANOV strikes Jirasek labour camp leave lift listen London Symphony Orchestra magazine MCKENDRICK mean mental hospitals musicians Nikolai Bukharin Oh yes orchestra organ music Papa paper Pause percussion Perhaps philosophical plainclothes plane political Prague Previn prison Professional Foul Professor Psychiatric Hospital put in mental radio sane seat shouting sorry sort speak STONE stop strikes his triangle suitcase Taxi TEACHER tell Thank There’s thing TOM STOPPARD tomorrow Vaclav Havel violin Vladimir Bukovsky watches What’s writing