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Theater & art

Stage Review

It’s spy vs. spy in intricate, absorbing ‘Hapgood’

WILLIAMSTOWN — The Cold War was no fun to live through, but the protracted East-West staredown yielded one dividend at least: It kindled the imaginations of great writers such as John le Carré, whom we automatically associate with the espionage thriller genre, and Tom Stoppard, whom we don’t.

If you see the Evan Yionoulis-directed production of Stoppard’s “Hapgood’’ at Williamstown Theatre Festival — and you should, because it’s fascinating — prepare to feel lost for much of Act 1.

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