Distopian Feelings About “Utopia”

Tom Stoppard’s play has been acclaimed. But some, like Charles Isherwood, are not so sure. “Some may fear, as my new acquaintance from the plaza did, that to admit dissatisfaction or outright dislike is to advertise one’s intellectual obtuseness or philistinism. The coercive reasoning goes something like this: Everyone says it’s brilliant; I am bored; therefore I am not smart enough to appreciate its brilliance. The play isn’t a failure: I am.”