P452 Teletext 452 Nov 6 21:01:12  THEATRE   REVIEW  ——————————————  ————————————  The Invention Of Love, Theatre Royal, Haymarket. Tom Stoppard. 0171 930 8800. I'll never forget the luckless American student sitting behind me during a production of Travesties 12 years ago. Forty minutes into the action he leant over to his friend and exclaimed: "Tell me what the hell is happening, please!" Some people can watch Tom Stoppard's work and come out thinking it's the most witty thing they've ever seen. I'm not one of them. This is impenetrable intellectual posturing. ——————————————————————————————————1/4—— by Simon Holden TICKETMASTER 24HR CREDIT CARD HOTLINE 0990 34 44 44 FOR YOUR THEATRE NEEDS West End A-G H-N O-Z Millennium
P452 Teletext 452 Nov 6 21:00:00  THEATRE   REVIEW  ——————————————  ————————————  The Invention Of Love, Theatre Ro9al, Haymarket. Tom Stoppard. 0171 930 8800. "What's it all about?! I asked myself after 20 minutes. Well, it's about textual analysis, the pursuit of truth and scholarship. AE Housman, who wrote A Shropshire Lad, is the central figure. He lives through his poetry. We meet Victorian luminaries John Ruskin, Walter Pater and Mark Pattison at Oxford University. It's all highly sensitive and strives to be thought-provoking. ——————————————————————————————————2/4—— On Stage index 450 Big Screen index 460 TICKETMASTER 24HR CREDIT CARD HOTLINE 0990 34 44 44 FOR YOUR THEATRE NEEDS West End A-G H-N O-Z Millennium
P452 Teletext 452 Nov 6 21:02:10  THEATRE   REVIEW  ——————————————  ————————————  The Invention Of Love, Theatre Royal, Haymarket. Tom Stoppard. 0171 930 8800. In typical Stoppard style, the play is full of very clever repartee. Ruskin (Hugh Ross) exclaims: "Hell is very likely to be modernisation infinitely applied." Ho-Ho. But this didactic and dull play is like being forced to listen to someone reading 1,000 Great Quotes From The Last 2,000 Years. This is a tiring and irritating theatre experience. ——————————————————————————————————3/4—— On Stage index 450 Big Screen index 460 TICKETMASTER 24HR CREDIT CARD H/TLINE 0990 34 44 44 FOR YOUR THEATRE NEEDS West End A-G H-N O-Z Millennium
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