Tom Stoppard's Night and Day, set in a fictional African nation on the cusp of internal rebellion, reveals, as one would expect with Stoppard, far more than initially meets the eye. After the bravado, there are deeper provocations on such topics as ideals versus pragmatism and the notion that the human connection can be at once cynical and poignant. There is also a particularly interesting female lead and plenty of dry humor. In short, it is a play that is both entertaining and intellectually enduring. To July 3. Produced by the Washington Shakespeare Company at their new home base in Artisphere's Black Box Theatre, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Tickets are $25 to $35. Call 703-875-1100 or visit artisphere.com.
Read Kate Wingfield's full review here.