Most of Tom Stoppard's lesser works beat the best works of his contemporaries. The playwright is engaged in a lifelong affair with the English language -- puns, word games, linguistic curlicues and wonderfully windy monologues dance through his plays as high and low art mix with a knowing, sly wink. Yes, Stoppard's cool sophistication, reserve and intellectual cuteness can be off-putting, and his works have been criticized for their chill and lack of heart, but the power in... More >>>