Start with the facts that Lenin, James Joyce and the father of Dadaism ( I still cannot remember his name) were all in Zurich in 1917. Assume they met. Add the plot of The Importance of Being Ernest. Now you have Travesties.
And you have a hilarious play that also manages to remind you how little you know about Russian history, James Joyce’s work or art. The references fly fast and furious. You think you should see the play again to fill in some of the things you know you missed, although if the truth be known, you would probably miss them again.
But it was a very funny evening. This time the play was more important than the actors, although it required a very skilled cast to bring the play to life. Tom Stoppard did it again!