Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead: Tom Stoppard's Classic Absurdist Comedy
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The last date listed for Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead was Saturday April 24, 2010 / 8:00pm.
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This production made for a fun night out. I agree with other reviewers that the actors generally did an excellent job with timing the delivery of Stoppard's witty lines. The performers in the roles of Guildenstern and the leader of the players were especially strong. I found Rosencrantz to be overacted and some artistic choices with respect to other characters (for example, Hamlet and Polonius) to be questionable, but those things weren't too distracting from the play as a whole.
I will note that the evening performance on Sunday, April 18, started approximately 45 minutes late. Hopefully it's an anomaly, but the company appeared to have made no provisions for coverage of roles should an actor become unavailable. The actor in the minor role of Alfred (one of the players) was injured and unable to perform, which led to an unnecessarily dramatic announcement of delay from the managing director and substituting in the light board operator (who, the managing director told us, never had acted in this play!) for the character. It turned out fine, but I wonder if it really needed to take such a long time. With that lengthy delay and two long intermissions, we got out of the theatre considerably later than we would have liked for a Sunday night.
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I love this play and Shady Shakespeare did a great job with the complicated "play on words" that is so typical of Stoppard's shtick. THANK YOU and please go see it.... Please consider Waiting for Godot in a future season. Another AWESOME play that...continued
Shady Shakespeare Theatre Company (SSTC) is proud to present Tom Stoppard’s hilarious absurdist classic, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead.
Acclaimed as a modern masterpiece, this existentialist play is the fabulously inventive tale of Shakespeare’s Hamlet as told from the perspective of two of its minor characters. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are friends of Hamlet’s from Wittenberg who are called upon by King Claudius to come and keep his step son/nephew, Hamlet, company and, essentially, spy on him. We all know how the story ends, but these two blokes are simply making their way through life with hope that everything will be all right. Can they actually control their own destiny, or will fate win the day? Is this a tragedy or a comedy? Can life be anything but both? Come watch as Rosencrantz and Guildenstern reconcile their “everything will work out” attitude with the overwhelming realization that sometimes fortune has another ending in mind. Director, Dinna Myers, invites you to step into a raucously funny world where anything can happen – or can it?
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