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Potomac Theatre Project revives Tom Stoppard's exquisitely constructed play that bridges the fascination of both art and science. Arcadia is a perfect organism with equal part art and science, perfumed with the eloquent language of the Romantics and the accurate one of mathematicians.
Each time I re-read the play, or see a different production, I discover something new. It's difficult to conceive of a unique take on staging, since Arcadia takes place entirely in the study room of the Coverlys, a family of aristocrats in Sidley Park, Derbyshire, England.
More specifically, it is set at a large table, in two time periods.
In one, the prodigious year-old Thomasina Caitlin Duffy's performance make the vivacious youth instantly likable takes lessons from her tutor Septimus Hodge Lord Byron's contemporary and school friend at Trinity, played by Andrew William Smith.
And then almost years later, Valentine Coverly Jackson Prince brings out a nervous and vulnerable energy to the part that makes him stand out plots the graphics of grouse population on his Macbook. The two parallel storylines share not only space, but also relationships between characters.
And there you have it, the intellectually charged yet humorous tone of the play unfolds atop the desk where early 19th-century manuscripts and late 20th-century technologies coexist, along with some constants: Noakes Sebastian LaPointe plays the delightfully oblivious gardenerthe poems of Lord Byron, and a pet tortoise Plautus then, and Lightening now.
Arcadia is very much about the process of solving mysteries, a play in which we discover, despite the ignorance of the characters, the inner works of destiny and the tricks time play on scholars and romantics alike. The 19th-century storyline starts right before Lord Byron an unseen guest at the house sets off at Falmouth on his two-year voyage around Europe.
Meanwhile, the family tutor becomes rather popular with the ladies, which stirs up scandals left and right, and makes him the target of a duel. Nightingale, an expert on Byron, is chasing after a new lead found in the dedication line of a two-bit poem by Mr.
Chater Jonathan Tindlebecause he believed that Byron had killed Chater in a duel. The scholarly debate escalates as the audience witnesses both sides of the story. The play boasts a phenomenal number of complex ideas, but ultimately, it boils down to the constant question of what makes us matter.
Life is short, but nothing is ever truly lost, for everything comes back, like the iterated algorithm that squares back to sense.
Potomac does a fantastic job preserving the essence of the play and keeping the simplicity of the staging, lest overdesign distract from the power of the text.
Certainly Arcadia never sets out to be easy entertainment—it demands curiosity and attention to detail.
But the result is a life-altering one. The running time is 2 hours 50 minutes with an intermission. Schedule varies—see website for details. Directed by Cheryl Faraone. Production Stage Manager is Elizabeth Goodman.It is a play where Stoppard turns himself into a clown whose juggling balls are Romanticism, Classicism, and the meaning of life.
The play is set in Sidley Park, an English stately home, in two different centuries. Throughout the text, Tom Stoppard+s novel Arcadia makes a series of philosophical statements regarding the theme of determinism.
These statements are developed largely through images and completely different time periods, particularly those of the Romantic and Enlightenment era+s.
Jul 22, · Arcadia is a play by Tom Stoppard concerning the relationship between past and present, order and disorder, certainty and uncertainty.
It has been praised by many critics as the finest play from one of the most significant contemporary playwrights in the English language.  In , the Royal. Tom Stoppard Biography Arcadia Questions and Answers The Question and Answer section for Arcadia is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
Jul 22, · Arcadia is a play by Tom Stoppard concerning the relationship between past and present, order and disorder, certainty and uncertainty. It has been praised by many critics as the finest play from one of the most significant contemporary playwrights in the English language.
 In , the Royal. A short summary of Tom Stoppard's Arcadia.
This free synopsis covers all the crucial plot points of Arcadia. Shakespeare; Literature; The play shifts back to the early nineteenth century. It is morning and Thomasina and Septimus sit together in the schoolroom.
the problem with determinism is likely hidden in the author's .