Arcadia: A.C.T.'s New Production of Stoppard's MasterworkA.C.T., near the corner of Geary and Mason (415 Geary St. San Francisco, CA 94102)
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Reviews & Ratings
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Handsome set, directing, acting - in all a fine production of a Stoppard favorite. Some miscasting (Murray) but generally a fine job was done by all, including Murray who gave it his all in a part that didn't wear well on him. Kudos to Septimus Hodge and Thomasina,Coverly who played the leads and the emotional core. But though this play seems to be the Stoppard favorite, for my taste its overly cerebral, intellectual, (despite constant references and asides to sex as sort of an intellectual antidote), and in the end a long and exhausting haul to the finish line. Did I have meat to feast over the next day? Yes, how the past, and our particular take on it, colors our present. But in the end, not my favorite Stoppard play, although I keep trying (multiple productions and readings) to warm up to it.
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Let me start by saying that Arcadia is one of my favorite plays, and that I saw the original London production back in 1993, which is one of the best experiences I've ever had in the theater - incredibly beautiful and moving production. So ACT has some pretty big shoes to fill, in my mind. And you know what? They do a great job with the play. I saw it the first night of previews, so they're still working out a few kinks - but overall, the actors are excellent and really bring the characters to life. The final scene always gives me goosebumps, and the whole play is both entertaining and challenging. Be forewarned that this is a long play (almost 3 hours), packed with ideas and a complex storyline - a real thinking person's play - so you need to be ready to engage and pay attention. But the time flies by, as the characters are both really funny and poignant - I think it's one of the best plays of the 20th century (or any era, for that matter). Bravo ACT!!