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Stoppard's 'Indian Ink' is up to its difficult themes; Review: Studio Theatre's long-running production has attracted the attention of the celebrated playwright.

In Tom Stoppard's 1995 play "Indian Ink," the character of an Indian artist uses the term "rasa," which he defines as: "what you must feel when you see a painting, or hear music; it is the emotion which the artist must arouse in you."

"Indian Ink," receiving its East Coast premiere at Washington's Studio Theatre, is a play brimming with rasa. One indication is that the production, which opened in September and has been repeatedly extended, will be the longest-running show in the 22-year history of this small Equity theater by the time the show finally closes on Dec. 19.

Another apparent proof is that word of the production's success...