by Brian Paul Scipione
Published on July 28, 2023
Hamlet declared, “The play’s the thing,” but in The Stage’s production of THE REAL INSPECTOR HOUND, we are duly reminded that in fact the actors are the thing that makes the play.
Who is the real Inspector Hound? For that matter who is Tom Stoppard? Or more to the point, does Tom Stoppard hate critics? Furthermore, what does it mean to be a critic criticizing a play that criticizes critics? And what, really, is a red herring? If Stoppard’s writing style is an absurd reflection of the absurd qualities of life, doesn’t that naturally make him a naturalistic writer? Finally, if a red herring …