Oh, for heaven's sake, people. We know he writes smart plays. But he also usually writes plays that work as plays.
So -- and Tboy's just guessing here, because he hasn't seen it yet -- the people who think it's necessary to read up on the Russian intelligentsia before they go off to see The Coast of Utopia are just ... well ... posers.
And then consider this, from Mondello, who just got back from seeing Voyage:
"Not having seen the other two thirds, I can't be sure yet, but I'd say Isherwood's 'Utopia is a bore' screed two weeks ago in the Sunday Times is silly on the face of it.
"The intellectual stuff ... is intriguing and followable, and doesn't for a moment overwhelm the story's emotions. A lot of people seem to think they have to do homework before seeing it -- again, a notion supported by the Times -- but it's perfectly accessible and engaging."