Stoppard play celebrates achievement

Any psychiatrist could tell you that playing three major roles throughout playwright Tom Stoppard‘s sprawling, eight-hour play about pre-Revolutionary Russia, “Coast of Utopia,” could cause schizophrenia.

Luckily, star Jennifer Ehle diagnosed herself as having split personalities before she ever joined the “Coast” cast.

“I knew that a long time ago,” she said at the Feb. 18 opening night party at Ruskie Restaurant Row haunt Firebird for “Coast’s” third installment, “Salvage.” “You have to be to get into this profession.”

Stoppard said he’s been in talks to put on other iterations of his show beyond Gotham, but nothing is in the cards quite yet. Then again, Stoppard’s “Salvage” work in here isn’t seemingly done: The scribe was apparently rewriting lines to the play’s various, complex parts as recently as the night before.

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