What Did Critics Think of Tom Stoppard’s The Hard Problem Off-Broadway

The Verdict   What Did Critics Think of Tom Stoppard’s The Hard Problem Off-Broadway
 
The Lincoln Center Theater production, starring Adelaide Clemens, opened November 19.
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Karoline Xu and Adelaide Clemens Paul Kolnik

The Hard Problem, the new play by Tom Stoppard about the question of consciousness, opened at Lincoln Center Theater’s Mitzi E. Newhouse Theatre November 19. Off-Broadway performances began October 25 for the limited run engagement, which is set to close January 6, 2019.

Directed by Tony winner Jack O’Brien, the play stars Adelaide Clemens as Hilary, a psychology researcher at the Krohl Institue for Brain Science examining the titular hard problem of defining consciousness. The Hard Problem received its world premiere at London’s National Theatre in 2015 and made its U.S. premiere in Philadelphia in 2016 at the Wilma Theater.

Read: WITH HIS NEW OFF-BROADWAY PLAY THE HARD PROBLEM, TOM STOPPARD ISN’T SLOWING DOWN

Read the reviews for the new production below.

The Daily Beast (Tim Teeman)

The Hollywood Reporter (Frank Scheck)

Newsday (Barbara Schuler)

New York Magazine/Vulture (Sara Holdren)

New York Stage Review (Elyse Gardner and David Finkle)

The New York Times (Ben Brantley)

Time Out New York (Adam Feldman)

The Wrap (Robert Hofler)

The cast also features Robert Petkoff, Jon Tenney, Eshan Bay, John Patrick Doherty, Nina Grollman, Katie Beth Hall, Eleanor Handley, Olivia Hebert, Sagar Kiran, Chris O’Shea, Madeleine Pace, Tara Summers, Baylen Thomas, Kim N. Wong, and Karoline Xu.

The production features scenic design by David Rockwell, costume design by Catherine Zuber, lighting design by Japhy Weideman, sound design by Marc Salzberg, and original music by Bob James.

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