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‘Travesties’ actor Tom Hollander on live theater and the dead-cat bounce strategy

Tom Stoppard’s comedy “Travesties” won Best Play at the 1976 Tony Awards, and is now enjoying a successful revival on Broadway. Earlier this month, the revival earned four Tony nominations.

Yet the play itself is tricky to pin down. Ostensibly, “Travesties” is about an elderly British diplomat named Henry Carr who is reminiscing about his time in Zurich in 1917 with James Joyce and Lenin. The play consists of witty wordplay, repeated scenes and extended mediations on art, politics and economics.

It doesn’t sound like a recipe for a sure-fire Broadway hit. Yet audiences are lapping up the Roundabout Theatre Company production, which is a transfer from London’s West End.

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