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Rock 'n' Roll by Tom Stoppard
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Aug 06, 2011

it was amazing
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Read in August, 2011

On the surface is a play full of sex, politics & rock 'n' roll. Underneath that surface is a yearning to change the world for the better. A yearning play that is both personal and symbolic. (likely MPAA "R" for strong language) Note: excellent monologues for men 20-60 and women 40+.

This play spans nearly thirty years and takes place near Cambridge University, England and in Prague, Czechoslovakia. Music is hugely important to this play a number of very specific rock 'n' roll songs are referenced. Max is married to Eleanor and while she struggles with the a private fight against cancer (which takes her breasts, her uterus, her ovaries and eventually her life) Max is struggling with the very public fights of students against the Communist Party, against parties in general. Because Max believes in Communism, maybe not as it is. Meanwhile Jan is concerned for his country -Czechoslovakia-which is being taken over by Communist Russia. His greatest mourning is for his rock 'n' roll albums.
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