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Every Good Boy Deserves Favor & Professional Foul

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  185 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
It is Tom Stoppard's very special skill as the master comedian of ideas in the modern theater to create brilliant, biting humor out of serious concerns. Virtually assaulting the audience with a cascade of words and a conspicuous display of intellect, Stoppard, in "Every Good Boy Deserves Favor," contrasts the circumstances of a political prisoner and a mental patient in a ...more
Paperback, 188 pages
Published March 28th 1994 by Grove Press (first published 1977)
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Muhammad Nusair
Feb 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Another two amazing plays by the Czech-born British writer Tom Stoppard. The first play is a black comedy about how the Soviet Union used to treat political dissidence as a form of mental illness. "Two men share a cell in a psychiatric hospital. Alexander is a political prisoner, Ivanov a genuine mental patient who hears an orchestra in his head. Around this Stoppard weaves a work, reconciling wit and anger, that reminds us that one of the worst features of tyranny is its ability to reorder real ...more
Jun 11, 2007 rated it liked it
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"Professional Foul" is a TV play from the late 70s. The main characters are professional philosophers, attending a conference on ethics in Prague. The central tension of the play concerns a humorless British moral philosopher who believes in unbreakable moral principles and a former (Czech) student of his who is in trouble with the authorities and asks the prof to smuggle his doctoral dissertation out of the country. The humorless prof thinks that he shouldn't do this because he's a guest of the ...more
Mar 05, 2010 rated it liked it
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Stoppard, Tom. EVERY GOOD BOY DESERVES FAVOR. (1977). ***. This drama by Stoppard is subtitled, “A Play for Actors and Orchestra.” The play as printed, therefore, is incomplete without the musical score written and performed by Andre Previn. The play is about two men who are both named Alexander Ivanov, although, since one is called Alexander and the other is called Ivanov, we don’t know that they share the same name until near the end of the play. Alexander finds himself in a mental hospital as ...more
May 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing
A brilliant meld of theater and music. The production also exists on LP (from the Stone -er- Vinyl Age,) and is vital to getting the full impact of the orchestra as a character.

In English, perhaps more than in any other language, words can be used to obscure meaning, to equivocate. Music cannot. Music, if it may be considered a language, bypasses the reasoning centers of the brain and directly engages the emotive. EGBDF is a theater piece about semantics. A seven-character play written for six a
Aug 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
A book of two plays so I will give them seperate reviews but the 4 star at the top is for the book overall :)

Every Good Boy Deserves Favor: A great play which starred Ian Mckellen as Alexander and Patrick Stewart as Doctor in it's original production. Great story involving the mentally ill and their captors and an interest debate about what is mental illness and censorship :)

Professional Foul: Not as a good as the last but still a good, interesting read :)
Feb 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I can't remember reading Every Good Boy Deserves a Favour but a can't find Professional Foul on it;s own When I read Professional Foul I remember being really taken with the way the story seems to be about football and then becomes about so much more.
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Loved egbdf. So stoppardy. Ugh nail polish remover smells like starvation!?
Allison Rockwell
Jan 26, 2008 rated it really liked it
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EGBDF- another incredibly clever play. Would have been easier to appreciate all the subtleties if I'd known more about Czech dictators and revolutionary movements when I read it.
Apr 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
tbh I'd trust Tom Stoppard with my life
Dec 17, 2010 rated it really liked it
enthralling as ever and this time with something to say
Jul 23, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Why do so many reviewers draw no distinction between being conversational with other people's ideas and having your own? Professional Foul is yet another Stoppard play that reads like small talk on Aristotle.
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Sir Tom Stoppard OM, CBE, FRSL, is a British screenwriter and playwright.

Born Tomáš Straussler.

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