It’s nice that there is always a goodie bag of take-aways in a Tom Stoppard play. It’s been 12 years since we’ve had one, stateside. About time. The Hard Problem that is now being presented at Lincoln Center Theater's Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater is a revamp of the London production. Having read the reviews of that, I think that they’ve made it much clearer and accessible. Do go for the... Read more
The Hard Problem
Lincoln Center Theater presents the New York premiere of Tom Stoppard's The Hard Problem, directed by Jack O'Brien, as part of its 2018-2019 season at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater.
(Photos by Paul Kolnik)
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Hilary is a young psychology researcher at the Krohl Institute for Brain Science where psychology and biology meet. If there is nothing but matter, what is consciousness? This is “the hard problem” facing science, and for Hilary the possibility of genuine altruism, without a hidden Darwinian self-interest, depends on the answer. Meanwhile she is nursing a private sorrow. She needs a miracle and is prepared to pray for one.