History Theatre / TheRealInspectorHound

17th Apr '15 12:32:16 AM mlsmithca
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* {{Calvinball}}: The game of "Pontoon Bridge" in the play-within-the-play.

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* {{Calvinball}}: The game of "Pontoon Bridge" in the play-within-the-play. When Birdboot ends up replacing Simon in the game, he has no idea what the other three players are doing, but when he throws a card down and shouts "And ''I'll call your bluff!''", Magnus groans and Lady Muldoon congratulates him; after another even more bizarre round, he tries it again with similar results.
8th Jul '14 6:17:21 AM SeptimusHeap
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* SureWhyNot: The original stage directions had Moon and Birdboot sat at the back of stage facing the audience outwards. However, almost every director has found it easier to have the critics sat towards the side of the stage at the front.....and Tom Stoppard himself has admitted that this was the best place for them.
3rd May '14 11:44:57 AM culfy
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* SureWhyNot: The original stage directions had Moon and Birdboot sat at the back of stage facing the audience outwards. However, almost every director has found it easier to have the critics sat towards the side of the stage at the front.....and Tom Stoppard himself has admitted that this was the best place for them.
6th Sep '13 7:58:16 AM FuzzyBoots
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* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic: Moon's approach to his reviewing what is basically a simple countryhouse whodunnit.
--> "Already in the opening stages we note the classic impact of thee catalystic figure - the outsider - plunging through to the centre of an ordered world and setting up the disruptions - the shock waves...But there is more to it than that"
25th Jun '13 5:40:37 AM Prfnoff
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''The Real Inspector Hound'' is a play by TomStoppard, first produced in 1967. The play revolves around two critics, Moon and Birdboot, attending the opening night of the titular PlayWithinAPlay (a transparent Creator/AgathaChristie spoof) before gradually getting sucked into the action themselves.

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''The Real Inspector Hound'' is a play by TomStoppard, Creator/TomStoppard, first produced in 1967. The play revolves around two critics, Moon and Birdboot, attending the opening night of the titular PlayWithinAPlay (a transparent Creator/AgathaChristie spoof) before gradually getting sucked into the action themselves.
16th Apr '13 4:43:49 AM AaronAaronson
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* MagnificentBastard: [[spoiler:Puckeridge alias Magnus alias The Real Inspector Hound]]
16th Jan '13 9:06:03 AM PaulA
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* ChekhovsGunman: Played with.
* ClosedCircle: The play-within-the-play is a murder mystery of the "isolated house cut off by bad weather" variety.
* CutPhoneLines: In the play-within-the-play, the murderer cuts the phone wires of Muldoon Manor. It fails to prevent the phone from ringing again later in the scene after the play reboots.


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* MetafictionalTitle: ''The Real Inspector Hound'' is the title of both the play itself and the play-within-the-play.
* MrExposition: Mrs Drudge can hardly open her mouth without emitting poorly-shoehorned-in exposition.
-->I'm afraid there is no one of that name here, this all very mysterious and I'm sure it's leading up to something, I hope nothing is amiss for we, that is Lady Muldoon and her houseguests, are here cut off from the world, including Magnus, the wheel-chair-ridden half-brother of the ladyship's husband Lord Albert Muldoon who ten tears ago went for a walk on the cliff and was never seen again.
* OldDarkHouse: Muldoon Manor in the play-within-the-play.
* OnceMoreWithClarity: Done with a twist in the second act. Within the first act of the show on stage, there are several non-sequitur lines by the characters. In the second act, when [[spoiler:Birdboot, and later Moon, join the cast onstage]], these events are replayed again with expanded dialog that alternately makes more sense and comes off as even more non-sequitur.
* OneSceneTwoMonologues: The early conversation in which Moon reflects on the plight of the understudy theatre critic while Birdboot explains his designs on the play's leading lady.
* RepeatingSoTheAudienceCanHear: Every telephone conversation in the play-within-the-play.


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* TheTapeKnewYouWouldSayThat: The radio announcement in the play-within-the-play. (Made doubly fun by stage directions which suggest that the radio voice be pre-recorded for the show.)
-->'''Radio voice''': The killer has been spotted in the vicinity of isolated Muldoon Manor.\\
'''Mrs. Drudge''': Muldoon Manor?\\
'''Radio voice''': Yes, Muldoon Manor.
16th Jan '13 8:32:35 AM PaulA
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* ShowWithinAShow
* StrawCritic: Moon is an incredibly anally retentive over-analytical type who insists on comparing the play they are watching to the works of Sartre. Birdboot is a Dirty Old Man who gives high praise to any actress he fancies seducing.
16th Jan '13 8:28:26 AM PaulA
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* {{Calvinball}}: The game of "Pontoon Bridge" in the play-within-the-play.
16th Jan '13 8:26:34 AM PaulA
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* ShoutOut: The whole play is a parody of ''Theatre/TheMousetrap'' with references to ''TheHoundOfTheBaskervilles'' dotted throughout.

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* ShoutOut: The whole play is a parody of ''Theatre/TheMousetrap'' with references to ''TheHoundOfTheBaskervilles'' ''Literature/TheHoundOfTheBaskervilles'' dotted throughout.
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