Tom Stoppard

Tom Stoppard’s “Leopoldstadt” At Longacre Theatre, Saturday, September 17th, 2022, Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | September 20, 2022

brings to life dozens of people

Biding Our Time: Wednesday, May 26th, 2021

By Iman Lababedi | May 26, 2021

get it right tonight

Tom Stoppard’s “The Hard Problem” At Lincoln Theatre Mitzi E. Newhouse, November 10th, 2018, Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | November 19, 2018

“The Hard Part” is a disappointment the way that Let It Be is a disappointment.

Tom Stoppard's "The Real Thing"At Roundabout Theatre, Friday, October 17th, 2014, Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | October 19, 2014

it doesn’t matter how well written the ideas are if you can’t hear them and the magic at the heart of “The Real Thing” is lost. It isn’t there any more. I know what I love in the play because I’ve read it and I’ve seen it, but I wouldn’t have known it from this bad production

Tom Stoppard's "Indian Ink" At Laura Pels Theatre, Saturday, October 11th, 2014, Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | October 13, 2014

The play takes place in India, a quest for the truth behind three paintings of Flora and the truth about her friendship with an Indian artist Nirad Das (Firdous Banji) in 1930, months before her death. In the present (well, in the 1980s), Eleanor is joined by biographer Eldon Pike (Neal Huff) and Nizad’s son Anish (Bhavesh Patel) in a search for the truth behind the paintings.

My Top 18 Albums Of 2013: # 10 Darkside – Tom Stoppard And Pink Floyd

By Iman Lababedi | December 23, 2013

The album is here because the tracks can function as songs, without really knowing what’s happening, just as separate songs, great songs with great words, lots of jukes. “There is no plane, no pilot, it is a thought experiment…” Perhaps. but one with a heart.

That Was The Week Of November 25th, 2013, That Was

By Iman Lababedi | December 3, 2013

He only performed two songs but the great vocalese Jon Hendricks, at the age of 92, came onto Van Morrison’s stage at the Theater At Madison Square Garden, and stole the show from under his nose

Best Albums Through November 30th, 2013

By Iman Lababedi | December 1, 2013

Darkside – Tom Stoppard And Pink Floyd – A radio play that works as a record album that works as a radio with Stoppards rat-a-tat dialogue and concise storytelling. No, it isn’t “The Invention Of Love” but then neither is “The Coast Of Utopia”.

Best Songs Through November 30th, 2013

By Iman Lababedi | December 1, 2013

Love Is Love – Hello Steve Reich James Murphy for DFA Remix – David Bowie – Sure, he’s using an idea from Reich, but the way the clapping becomes the beat blows me away every time

Winner And Loser Week Of 11-25-13: Tom Stoppard And Ian Watkins

By Iman Lababedi | December 1, 2013

Winner – Tom Stoppard – One of the most thrilling musical-theatrical experiences of the year has been the great Czech-English Playwright’s comedy about moral ethics inspired by Pink Floyd’s Dark Side Of The Moon, Darkside.

rock nyc Top 10 Songs Week Of 11-25-13

By Iman Lababedi | November 30, 2013

If Hopsin was a little better he would be major, when he is in the mood, as he is on this sideswipe at current rappers, he is very aggressively funny.

Hear Ye On Spotify: What rock nyc is listening to 11-30-13

By Iman Lababedi | November 30, 2013

Life Round Here – James Blake And Chance The Rapper – Haunting and beautiful, but of course that comes on the James Blake label, what doesb’t is Chance The Rapper, atonal rap so weird and in place – A-

Tom Stoppard's "Darkside" Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | November 29, 2013

“Who’s to say he didn’t save a serial killer? Or a mad bomber on a date with destiny? Or just people who fuck you up normally? Geography teachers or ticket inspectors or boyfriends who shag your best friend? People who write the small print, see over the penalties? People who go ‘I’m telling you for your own good’ and ‘can’t you read we’re closed’?”

Hear Ye On Spotify: what rock nyc is listening to 11-29-13

By Iman Lababedi | November 29, 2013

The problem here is much the same as the problem on the entire album: the songs aren’t there. Oh the singing is powerful and felt, the instrumentation first rate, the atitude a poerfect mesh of here and now and then, but the song can’t sell it – B-

Be Here Now: New Album Releases Snapshot Review 11-26-13

By Iman Lababedi | November 26, 2013

The greatest playwright of the 20th century writes a radio play incorporating elements of Dark Side Of The Moon. Voices by the likes of Bill Nighy and Rufus Selwell who act out thought experiments (like the sort you learnt in ethics class back at college, over the album played with most of the vocals removed in celebration of its 40th Anniversary. So where’s “Money”, eh? – B+