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Arcadia by Tom Stoppard
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Jan 13, 10

Read in December, 2009

This play was very interesting on a number of levels. First of all, this is one of his "physics plays" (or perhaps he calls them his "science plays", don't quite remember). Half of the play is concerned with a girl living in the 19th century and the other half is in the present day, where a whole bunch of academic types are investigating the house and its gardens for signs that Lord Byron may have been there at one time. in following the girl and her tutor, it becomes subtly apparent that she is in fact a latent genius, and discovers many famous scientific (or mathematical) phenomena way before their time (such as entropy and fractals). It is interesting to see her relationship with her tutor grow over time and there are many emotions which, even in such an inadequate representation (opposed to what this play would be like performed), the dialogue is filled with subtle emotion. Likewise, the present day scene, while a little boring to me topic wise, is all the more interesting due to its poignant dialogue and complex characters. I would love to see this one day on stage.
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