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3.48 of 5 stars 3.48  ·  rating details  ·  29 ratings  ·  3 reviews
QED is a seductive mix of science, human affections, moral courage and comic eccentricity... not to be missed."- John Simon, New York Magazine The play itself is a kind of proof, dramatically illustrating how a man who happens to be a genius elegantly and movingly works through the human problem of how to face the end of his life." - Nancy Franklin, The New Yorker With a m ...more
Paperback, 48 pages
Published December 1st 2003 by Dramatists Play Service (first published September 1st 1998)
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Tristan Macavery
Reading a play (as opposed to seeing it performed) has its drawbacks. In this case, however, there are two excellent points in its favor -- a fascinating main character who is marvelously developed by the playwright, and Alan Alda. It's easy to hear him speaking each line, giving himself over to the words, the spirit, the captured essence of scientist Richard Feynman and -- by his own admission -- being incapable of truly capturing Feynman.

The "QED" of the title is not "Quod Erat Demonstrandum"
For those of us not lucky enough to see Alan Alda play Richard Feynman, this script and a little imagination are a reasonable compromise. (Anyone with enough exposure to M*A*S*H reruns should have an internalised Alda accent on standby for this very occasion.)

A warm, respectful and, by most accounts, pretty accurate tribute to a fascinating man. I'm glad I made the effort to find a copy.
This play about Richard Feynman was interesting, but a lot of the stories were pulled from Feynman's books and I think Feynman did a better job of telling his own stories. I also think I liked this play more before reading "Wit," which made me remember just how good a play really can be.
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