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Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead by Tom Stoppard
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Mar 09, 11

bookshelves: play-drama

Hey kids look, characters questioning the nature of their createdness! This really does wear its postmodernism on it's sleeve. I remember being impressed as hell when I read Arcadia years ago, Stoppard was just so damn erudite and witty. But this is more in the style of Beckett's stage work, the absurd, almost clownish dialogue and the little tableaux that reoccur over and over again, and all of it masking something desperate and chilling. But Stoppard seems too passionate, or maybe just too persistently curious to really engage with that unspeakable nothingness on the same level that Beckett does. It's too bad that this is the play most associated with Stoppard, it's sort of what made his name as a young playwright, but his work even a few years later is stronger by leaps and bounds than this.
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