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Furman Theatre Presents Arcadia

April 21, 2016 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Set in both Regency and modern England, Arcadia, a mid-career highpoint by Tom Stoppard, an artistic descendant of George Bernard Shaw and Oscar Wilde, explores how landscape architecture, advanced mathematics, musical virtuosity, true and shallow academic research, Romanticism, the Enlightenment, accidents, and the wild card of sexuality conspire to make life heartbreaking and joyous by turns or all at once. In 1809, Stoppard shows us actual events on an English country estate where Lord Byron perhaps killed a minor poet in a duel then fast-forwards to the present where descendants of the Regency occupants live out variations on their ancestors virtues and failings while a group of scholars try to reconstruct the past with varying degrees of success and honesty. As funny as it is emotionally deep and intellectually challenging, Arcadia is a great work from the author of Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead, The Real Thing, Jumpers, Travesties, The Coast of Utopia, and others.

“Stoppard’s warmest and most affecting play. A prodigiously smart piece of theatre that touches on fractal geometry, gossipy speculation about Lord Byron, contemporary academic backbiting and the physics of uncertainty.”

-Steve Winn, San Francisco Chronicle

“Stoppard’s richest comedy to date. It’s like a dream of levitation: you’re instantaneously aloft, soaring, banking, doing loop-the-loops and then, when you think you’re about to plummet to earth, swooping to a gentle touchdown of not easily described sweetness and sorrow…Exhilarating.” –

Vincent Canby, New York Times

Cost: $8

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April 21, 2016
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm


The Playhouse