“The newspapers, sir, are the most villainous, abominable, infernal—! Not that I read them. I make it a firm rule never to look into a newspaper.”
“I mean it’s sort of a thriller, isn’t it?”
“I suppose so. Underneath.”
“Underneath?!? It’s a whodunit, man!”
Experience a madcap night of life in the theatre with two classic behind-the-scenes comedies, The Critic and The Real Inspector Hound. First, playwright and adaptor Jeffrey Hatcher (The Government Inspector) returns with a fresh take on Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s 18th-century romp The Critic, a whirlwind comedy about bad theatre, worse playwrights…and, worst of all, the critics. The meta-theatrical frenzy builds throughout from wacky antics and quick changes to an operatic burlesque as the company jumps from role to role.
The laughs continue with Tom Stoppard’s absurdist tour-de-farce The Real Inspector Hound, an ingenious play-within-a-play in which two critics find themselves caught up as unsuspecting suspects while they watch a classic 1950s-style whodunit in the style of Agatha Christie. STC Artistic Director Michael Kahn brings together an ensemble cast to take on both shows—and multiple characters—for a night of chaos and comedy.
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“A timely investigation….I wish I could tell my younger self to read this!”
Watch: Trailer for THE CRITIC and THE REAL INSPECTOR HOUND
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“A succinct and quick-witted examination of a venerated craft…told by true masters!”
Meet Robert Stanton
Giving them Props: Swords in The Critic
Prosecast: The Critic & The Real Inspector Hound
The Double Bill
Are You, As an Actor, Affected by Reviews?
What makes a good critic?
Watch: Michael Kahn talks about criticism and reviews
Watch: Michael Kahn talks about THE CRITIC & THE REAL INSPECTOR in one evening
Watch: Michael Kahn talks about co-producing with The Guthrie, Jeffrey Hatcher, and THE CRITIC
I, CRITIC by Jeffrey Hatcher
Pragmatic Theatre by Tom Stoppard
Drama Criticism: The Old Age of an Age-Old Profession by Robert Brustein