Portland Actors Conservatory presents Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
. This wickedly funny companion piece to Hamlet
turns Shakespeare inside out and shows Hamlet's story from the point of view of his school friends. The two minor actors are shown in the moments between their brief appearances in the play. As the main characters meet their fates onstage, the two courtiers wait backstage and try to reconcile their "everything will work out" attitude with the growing realization that sometimes fortune has another ending in mind. Tom Stoppard serves up a feast of wordplay, wit and slapstick physical comedy while exploring the timeless questions of identity, illusion -- and toenail growing. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
won the Tony Award for Best Play in 1968 and was made into a major motion picture.
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