Academics in ‘Arcadia’

Show opens at the Ethel Barrymore Theater

Tom Stoppard’s brainy comedy “Arcadia” opened Thursday at the Ethel Barrymore Theater, and New York’s theater set braved Times Square on St. Paddy’s to see it.

Billy Crudup, who played dashing tutor Septimus in the original Broadway production, said he was happy to be essaying middle-aged academic Bernard this time around. “Septimus is in annoyingly safe hands with Tom Riley,” said Crudup. “He’s really hatefully good.”

The cast party was held at Gotham Hall, a high-toned venue that, suited to the play’s academic mindset, sports Latin mottos from its days as a bank. Variety cornered Stoppard and asked him what subject he’d like most to teach, and to who?

“To whom,” the playwright corrected. “I believe that answers your question.”

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