“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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The Critic & The Real Inspector Hound

Jan 5, 2016 - Feb 14, 2016

Klein TheatreThe Critic
By Richard Brinsley Sheridan
Adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher
The Real Inspector Hound
By Tom Stoppard
Directed by Michael Kahn

Presented in association with Guthrie Theater
Joseph Haj, Artistic Director
The Critic and The Real Inspector Hound are sponsored by Michael R. Klein and Joan I. Fabry and Arlene and Robert Kogod.

The Critic was commissioned through a grant from the Beech Street Foundation.

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Restaurant Partner:
La Tasca
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