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On the Razzle

Full Length, Farce
13 men, 9 women, 1 boy
Total Cast: 23, Flexible Set
ISBN-13: 978-0-8222-4059-4

MIN. PERFORMANCE FEE: $105 per performance.
adapted from Einen Jux will er sich machen by Johann Nestroy

THE STORY: Two naughty grocer’s assistants go on a wild spree to Vienna when their master skips town with his new mistress. A free adaptation of the nineteenth-century farce by Johann Nestroy, ON THE RAZZLE is a boisterous reimagination of a classic.
“While preserving the beautiful intricacies of this construction, Stoppard has embellished RAZZLE with a dazzle of verbal wit an unremitting firework display of puns, crossword puzzle tricks and sly sexual innuendos.” —London Daily Telegraph.

“Tom Stoppard has always balanced his lambent intellectualism with a certain cheeky playfulness, all the while toying with conventional notions of dramaturgy and breaking new ground in the theatrical form. In ON THE RAZZLE, first produced in the early 1980s, Stoppard gleefully abandons any pretense of intellectual heft. A no-holds-barred farce, [RAZZLE] combines Stoppard’s typically deft wordplay with groan-worthy puns of a notably naughty stripe.” —Los Angeles Times

“In Tom Stoppard’s wonderful farce, ON THE RAZZLE, the humor relies on mistaken identities, lots of puns and malapropos, pratfalls, sex, and pomposity.” —DCMetroTheaterArts