The Coast of Utopia (Part 2 – Shipwreck) BROADWAY REVIEWS

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  • Opening Night:
    December 21, 2006
    Closing:
    May 12, 2007

    Theater: Vivian Beaumont / 150 West 65th Street, New York, NY, 10023

    Synopsis: 

    Beginning in mid-19th century Russia during the repressive reign of Tsar Nicholas I, Tom Stoppard’s sweeping epic spans a period of thirty years as it tells the panoramic story of a group of Russian intellectuals, headed by the radical theorist and editor Alexander Herzen, the novelist Ivan Turgenev, the literary critic Vissarion Belinsky and the aristocrat-turned-anarchist Michael Bakunin, who lead a band of like-minded countrymen in a revolutionary movement in which they strive to change and fix a political system by using their minds as their only weapon.

    The action begins in 1833 with Part One – Voyage, set in the Russian countryside as well as in Moscow and St. Petersburg. Part Two – Shipwreck, begins thirteen years later outside Moscow and follows the characters’ exile to Paris, Dresden and Nice. Part Three – Salvage, takes place over a period of twelve years in London and Geneva.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF The Coast of Utopia (Part 2 – Shipwreck)

    History’s Sweep, in Words and Silence

    Ben Brantley

    December 22, 2006: Tom Stoppard, a grand master of galloping conversation, knows when it’s time to shut up. The sumptuous Lincoln Center production of “Shipwreck,” the second part of Mr. Stoppard’s absorbing “Coast of Utopia” trilogy about Russian idealists errant in the 19th century, is filled with coups de théâtre.

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