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'Travesties': Potent mix of Tom Stoppard, Oscar Wilde and the little guy

'Travesties': Potent mix of Tom Stoppard, Oscar Wilde and the little guy

In "The Third Man," Orson Welles' Harry Lime famously observes, "In Switzerland they had brotherly love — they had 500 years of democracy and peace, and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock." Playwright Tom Stoppard begs to differ. In 1974's "Travesties," now in a scintillating, smart — and surprisingly touching — revival under Nick Sandys' direction with Remy Bumppo Theatre Company, 1917's Zurich is a place where "two revolutions were found on the same street." Bolshevik Vladimir Lenin and Dadaist Tristan Tzara plot to radicalize Russian politics and European art, respectively, even as their neighbor James...

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