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** [[spoiler: The play-within-a-play is a direct and conscious rip-off of]] ''[[spoiler: Theatre/TheMousetrap]]'', [[spoiler: complete with TwistEnding.]] ''[[spoiler: The Mousetrap]]'' [[spoiler: famously asks that playgoers not reveal the identity of the murderer, so as not to spoil the surprise for future audiences; Stoppard deliberately used the same twist in his play, knowing full well that the producers of]] ''[[spoiler: The Mousetrap]]'' [[spoiler: couldn't call him out on it without inadvertently spoiling the ending of their own play.]]

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** [[spoiler: The play-within-a-play is a direct and conscious rip-off of]] of ''[[spoiler: Theatre/TheMousetrap]]'', [[spoiler: complete with TwistEnding.]] TwistEnding. ''[[spoiler: The Mousetrap]]'' [[spoiler: famously asks that playgoers not reveal the identity of the murderer, so as not to spoil the surprise for future audiences; Stoppard deliberately used the same twist in his play, knowing full well that the producers of]] ''[[spoiler: The Mousetrap]]'' [[spoiler: couldn't call him out on it without inadvertently spoiling the ending of their own play.]]


** [[spoiler: The play-within-a-play is a direct and conscious rip-off of]] ''[[spoiler: TheMousetrap]]'', [[spoiler: complete with TwistEnding.]] ''[[spoiler: The Mousetrap]]'' [[spoiler: famously asks that playgoers not reveal the identity of the murderer, so as not to spoil the surprise for future audiences; Stoppard deliberately used the same twist in his play, knowing full well that the producers of]] ''[[spoiler: The Mousetrap]]'' [[spoiler: couldn't call him out on it without inadvertently spoiling the ending of their own play.]]

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** [[spoiler: The play-within-a-play is a direct and conscious rip-off of]] ''[[spoiler: TheMousetrap]]'', Theatre/TheMousetrap]]'', [[spoiler: complete with TwistEnding.]] ''[[spoiler: The Mousetrap]]'' [[spoiler: famously asks that playgoers not reveal the identity of the murderer, so as not to spoil the surprise for future audiences; Stoppard deliberately used the same twist in his play, knowing full well that the producers of]] ''[[spoiler: The Mousetrap]]'' [[spoiler: couldn't call him out on it without inadvertently spoiling the ending of their own play.]]


* TakeThat: A rather brilliant one to ''[[spoiler: TheMousetrap]]'', which takes a little spoiler-filled explaining to fully appreciate Tom Stoppard's [[MagnificentBastard magnificent bastardry]]:
** [[spoiler: TheReveal in the play-within-a-play is a direct and conscious rip-off of]] ''[[spoiler: The Mousetrap]]'', [[spoiler: namely that the supposed police detective is actually the murderer in disguise.]] ''[[spoiler: The Mousetrap]]'' [[spoiler: famously asks that playgoers not reveal the TwistEnding, so as not to spoil the surprise for future audiences; Stoppard deliberately used the same twist in his play, knowing full well that the producers of]] ''[[spoiler: The Mousetrap]]'' [[spoiler: couldn't call him out on it without inadvertently ruining the twist themselves!]]

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* TakeThat: A rather brilliant one to ''[[spoiler: TheMousetrap]]'', and evil one, which takes a little spoiler-filled explaining to fully appreciate Tom Stoppard's [[MagnificentBastard magnificent bastardry]]:
** [[spoiler: TheReveal in the The play-within-a-play is a direct and conscious rip-off of]] ''[[spoiler: The Mousetrap]]'', TheMousetrap]]'', [[spoiler: namely that the supposed police detective is actually the murderer in disguise.complete with TwistEnding.]] ''[[spoiler: The Mousetrap]]'' [[spoiler: famously asks that playgoers not reveal the TwistEnding, identity of the murderer, so as not to spoil the surprise for future audiences; Stoppard deliberately used the same twist in his play, knowing full well that the producers of]] ''[[spoiler: The Mousetrap]]'' [[spoiler: couldn't call him out on it without inadvertently ruining spoiling the twist themselves!]]ending of their own play.]]


** [[spoiler: TheReveal in the play-within-a-play is a direct and conscious rip-off of]]''[[spoiler: The Moustrap]]'', [[spoiler: namely that the supposed police detective is actually the murderer in disguise.]] ''[[spoiler: The Mousetrap]]'' [[spoiler: famously asks that playgoers not reveal the TwistEnding, so as not to spoil the surprise for future audiences; Stoppard deliberately used the same twist in his play, knowing full well that the producers of]] ''[[spoiler: The Mousetrap]]'' [[spoiler: couldn't call him out on it without inadvertently ruining the twist themselves!]]

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** [[spoiler: TheReveal in the play-within-a-play is a direct and conscious rip-off of]]''[[spoiler: of]] ''[[spoiler: The Moustrap]]'', Mousetrap]]'', [[spoiler: namely that the supposed police detective is actually the murderer in disguise.]] ''[[spoiler: The Mousetrap]]'' [[spoiler: famously asks that playgoers not reveal the TwistEnding, so as not to spoil the surprise for future audiences; Stoppard deliberately used the same twist in his play, knowing full well that the producers of]] ''[[spoiler: The Mousetrap]]'' [[spoiler: couldn't call him out on it without inadvertently ruining the twist themselves!]]


* AscendedFanon: 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.

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* AscendedFanon: 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.them.
* TakeThat: A rather brilliant one to ''[[spoiler: TheMousetrap]]'', which takes a little spoiler-filled explaining to fully appreciate Tom Stoppard's [[MagnificentBastard magnificent bastardry]]:
** [[spoiler: TheReveal in the play-within-a-play is a direct and conscious rip-off of]]''[[spoiler: The Moustrap]]'', [[spoiler: namely that the supposed police detective is actually the murderer in disguise.]] ''[[spoiler: The Mousetrap]]'' [[spoiler: famously asks that playgoers not reveal the TwistEnding, so as not to spoil the surprise for future audiences; Stoppard deliberately used the same twist in his play, knowing full well that the producers of]] ''[[spoiler: The Mousetrap]]'' [[spoiler: couldn't call him out on it without inadvertently ruining the twist themselves!]]

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* AscendedFanon: 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.

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