It's tough to tell from the title what Tom Stoppard’s Travesties is about. The University of Illinois Theatre Department will be staging the performance beginning October 19th, so, here is a bit of background on this extraordinary play.
Stoppard has used historical events many times as the center of his plays. But what is unique about Travesties is that he takes a minor event of a minor British consular official, and wraps an entire historical text around him. His name was Henry Carr, and if you have not heard of him, don’t worry — almost no one has.
Jeff previews the upcoming production of Travesties at Krannert Center.