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Arcadia (1993)

av Tom Stoppard

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In a large country house in Derbyshire in April 1809 sits Lady Thomasina Coverly, aged thirteen, and her tutor, Septimus Hodge. Through the window may be seen some of the '500 acres inclusive of lake' where Capability Brown's idealized landscape is about to give way to the 'picturesque' Gothic style: 'everything but vampires', as the garden historian Hannah Jarvis remarks to Bernard Nightingale when they stand in the same room 180 years later. Bernard has arrived to uncover the scandal which is said to have taken place when Lord Byron stayed at Sidley Park. Tom Stoppard's absorbing play takes us back and forth between the centuries and explores the nature of truth and time, the difference between the Classical and the Romantic temperament, and the disruptive influence of sex on our orbits in life - 'the attraction', as Hannah says, 'which Newton left out'.… (mer)
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    Copenhagen av Michael Frayn (Jannes)
    Jannes: Science, the exploration of the unknown in the universe, explaining life through mathematical concepts, and the uncertainty of the past. These two plays have a lot in common, and are both equally brilliant.
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It seems that out of chaos comes order; out of chaos truth is revealed, and that everything happens for a reason. It seems that Newton was on to something....or not. Curiosity, both intellectual and sexual, makes the world go around...and much more fulfilling. Not an easy task to put on the stage, but Mr. Stoppard does so with ease and panache. Brilliant... ( )
  mortalfool | Jul 10, 2021 |
Often when I was reading this I was reminded of the Maxwell's Demon sections of Thomas Pynchon's The Crying of Lot 49 - having your characters ponder the idea that the inexorable progression of entropy in the universe will lead to ultimate heat death is a sure-fire way to introduce some philosophical heft to the action while giving you the opportunity to play with some related concepts like free will vs determinism or Newtonian physics vs chaos theory. I love high-concept literature, and Stoppard really packs in discussions of mathematical foundations, scientific research, poetry, theories of art, Romanticism, and a lot of other thoughtful material, even having the two timelines of the play converge in the final scene to suggest that what looks like a bunch of irreconcilable antinomies don't have to be so mutually exclusive when you look at the big picture. However, even though this is evidently Stoppard's most acclaimed play I found the dialogue overly didactic and the characters frequently didn't resonate. I suppose most theatre-goers prefer to have characters discussing concepts like normal humans rather than having to sit and absorb infodumps, but while I appreciate a playwright who makes his audience think, as a whole something about the play prevented me from loving it. Maybe it's better live on the stage than still on the page. ( )
  aaronarnold | May 11, 2021 |
The best modern play I've ever read. ( )
  Rachel_Cucinella | Apr 24, 2021 |
I don't read much theatre but I am not sure this is the best science related book at all. Maybe I just wanted more science but just bringing up the vague idea of entropy and name dropping fermat's last theorem doesn't make it about science. I listed to la theatre works audio version so maybe it was needlessly confusing. I also feel like other plays I've read had more happen. I was surprised to hear this was one of lev grossman favorite books

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  Lorem | Mar 8, 2021 |
Seeing this play at the Theatre Royal in Bath was one of the great theatre experiences of my life. A brilliant, devastating play. ( )
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In a large country house in Derbyshire in April 1809 sits Lady Thomasina Coverly, aged thirteen, and her tutor, Septimus Hodge. Through the window may be seen some of the '500 acres inclusive of lake' where Capability Brown's idealized landscape is about to give way to the 'picturesque' Gothic style: 'everything but vampires', as the garden historian Hannah Jarvis remarks to Bernard Nightingale when they stand in the same room 180 years later. Bernard has arrived to uncover the scandal which is said to have taken place when Lord Byron stayed at Sidley Park. Tom Stoppard's absorbing play takes us back and forth between the centuries and explores the nature of truth and time, the difference between the Classical and the Romantic temperament, and the disruptive influence of sex on our orbits in life - 'the attraction', as Hannah says, 'which Newton left out'.

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