Tom Stoppard, from an original play by Ferenc Molnar
Characters: 5 male, 1 female
The co authors, the composer and most of the cast of a comedy destined for Broadway are simultaneously trying to finish and rehearse the play while crossing the Atlantic on an ocean liner. Tom Stoppard's hilarious play has been freely adapted from Ferenc Molnar's classic farce Jatek a Kastelyban.
"Adaptation in Stoppard's terms means finding a sympathetic text and using it as a springboard for invention that leaves the original far behind this time, Stoppard has found a totally compatible source, matching his temperament at every point, except in irrepressible high spirits around [a] slender central device, he weaves an increasingly amazing pattern of verbal misunderstandings, eccentric character development, showbiz spectacle, and seagoing hazards, all of which come to occupy equal importance in the plot." London Times.
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Rough crossing / freely adapted from Ferenc Molnar's Play at the castle [by] Tom StoppardUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
Stoppard has been ransacking gems from bygone treasures of European comedy and drama and has used these pieces as starting points for his own brand of fun. This latest is from a play by Ferenc Molnar ... Read full review