• I need to read this play before seeing it again. I saw it produced in New York a few years back, and I was half groggy from the night before (it’s New York!). I hadn’t read anything about it, other than seeing the production’s graphic of a flower turning into an Ethernet cable, and Tom Stoppard.

    I struggled to keep up but what I discerned was brilliant. There was such a fun play between worlds even if that production was a little more stagey and less meta than what I was expecting. It was a lot of fun though, and now I see I missed quite a bit.

  • BurgundySuit

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  • Crimson Pico

    Stuff I couldn’t fit in the post:

    Arcadia was first performed on April 13, 1993 with Rufus Sewell as Septimus, Emma Fielding as Thomasina, and Bill Nighy as Bernard.

    Other well-known actors associated with the show over the years: Billy Crudup and Dan Stevens (Septimus), Blair Brown and Samantha Bond (Hannah), Victor Garber (Bernard), Robert Sean Leonard (Valentine), and Paul Giamatti (Ezra Chater).

    Also funny given my opening paragraph: Johann Hari had to resign from The Independent in disgrace. Hilton Als won a Pulitzer Prize.

  • John Bruni

    I like the play, and think it’s one of Stoppard’s best. And I’m tearing up at the ending scene, just thinking about it. But the heat death of the universe only can happen if the universe is a closed thermodynamic system, which it is not. The universe is, rather, an open system.

    • Crimson Pico

      This is way outside my area of expertise so you’ll have to forgive me if I’m stumbling through this, but I was under the impression that the observable universe was an open system, but our models for the total universe seem to suggest it’s isolated (tho open in the sense of curvature), and so entropy can only increase. Then again, with stuff at this scale and so many new discoveries changing our models, I can only imagine how difficult it is to calculate the possibilities at this point.

  • mr_apollo

    I need to revisit Arcadia, I suppose. I saw the original production in London in the early 90’s and my impression was that it was more clever than emotionally effective.

    • Crimson Pico

      You’re in good company: Hilton Als feels the same way. I have a hard time with this because the ending really haunts me, but we don’t all react to the same material the same way, so…

      • mr_apollo

        It might be due to the nature of the theater. Perhaps the actors downplayed the emotions in the performance I saw in favor of Stoppard’s ideas.

        • Stoppard is also throwing a lot of ideas at you. Granted, I was drained, but I found it a challenge to keep up. I think that, like a lot of movies crammed too full of ideas (Gilliam), this might be a play that gets richer and deeper the more you expose yourself to it.

  • Repressed Penguin

    Excellent work. I’m only familiar with Stoppard’s The Invention of Love, which I quite liked, but having read this, I’ll have to get to Arcadia at some point.

    • Crimson Pico

      Thank you, and I hope you enjoy it! I like him more than not – I think this, The Real Thing, Travesties, and Rosenkrantz+Guildenstern are absolutely worth it, plus some of the funnier short stuff, like The Real Inspector Hound. He doesn’t always land for me, but I never regret the time spent, even on the less successful works.