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Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
a Comedy
CATEGORY :
by Tom Stoppard

COMPANY : VisionQuest Theatre Company [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Art Farm
ID# 712

SHOWING : March 21, 2003 - April 13, 2003

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

Debatably Stoppard's most famous play, and quite possibly the most clever adaptation of one of Shakespeare's plays, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead retells the
story of Hamlet from the important perspective of two seemingly inconsequential minor characters.
VisionQuest creates a world where the reality of both plays, "Hamlet and "Rosencrantz and Guilenstern are Dead" remains consistent, which is not an easy task. Both shows are being performed in repertory. If you see one you won't be able to rest until the next night when you see the other, because you'll feel like you're missing half of a conversation. You see that every exit is an
entrance somewhere else. Destiny plays a huge role in Hamlet, but from Stoppard's point of view, you get to see that Hamlet is not the only character whose fate has relevance. The brilliantly comical Rosencrantz and Guildenstern will tickle your brains. Those who expect the standard had better wear a
seatbelt.


CAST & CREW LIST
Tragedian Jennifer L. Caldwell
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REVIEWS

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A Most Excellent Dead
by nihil
Saturday, March 22, 2003
5.0
This is an outstanding production of one of Stoppard's earliest and more difficult works. The sharp, athletic cast turns on a heads-up dime under imaginative directing that makes even Stoppard's too-clever-by-half digressions amusing and clear (except for one word-play game which I know is in English but was hard to follow. Then again, I don't really understand what a "syllogism" is. I am ashamed).
Be that as it may, it's worth the bagful of quarters to see this show. It's funny, energetic, and beautifully acted. It seems to end about five times, due to Stoppard's writing, some blackouts, and a confusingly placed dance number, but when the next scene roars along with the utterly engaging R&G you get caught up in the action again. You see something like this, with its dazzling leaps through the void of mortality and back again, and you feel exhilirated by how well the mind and spirit of puny mortals can soar. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]


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