Tom Stoppard's 2006 play depicts the seismic political and social changes that occurred in the former Czechoslovakia between the Prague Spring in 1968 and the Velvet Revolution in 1989. The tension here, as it often does, lies between idealism and practicality, with magnetic poles of the spirit rotating around an always-elusive core ideal of freedom. Syd Barrett plays a part, as does Vaclav Havel: Both, in their way, represented groovy ideals that shifted and evolved after prolonged contact with the real world. Stoppard can write the hell out of material like this, skirting the consequences of abandon and sensuality, intellectualism, and the realities of power. The local cast assembled here is powerfully intriguing.
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