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Stoppard: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

Rosencrantz: What are you playing at?

Guildenstern: Words words...they're all we have to go on.

Acclaimed as a modern dramatic masterpiece, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead is the fabulously inventive tale of Hamlet as told from the worm’s-eve view of the bewildered Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, two minor characters in Shakespeare’s play. In Tom Stoppard’s best-known work, this Shakespearean Laurel and Hardy finally get a chance to take the lead role, but do so in a world where echoes of Waiting for Godot resound, where reality and illusion intermix, and where fate leads our two heroes to a tragic but inevitable end.

Peasant 1: Did you hear? Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are dead?

Peasant 2: Really dead?

Peasant 1: Really dead.

Peasant 2: Really?

Peasant 1: Really, really.

Peasant 2: Really, really, really?

Peasant 1: Really, really, really.

Peasant 2: Really, really, really, really?

Peasant 1: Would you stop that? They're dead as dead can be - which is actually pretty dead.



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  • Adam M.

    Was on waitlist but made other plans.

    January 5, 2014

  • Barbara

    Arlinda, I cannot believe I'm leaving our reading only hours before 6 o'clock. I was to meet an 84yr. old great Aunt at Logan airport at noon, her arrival time from Europe via NYC. I found that there would be no arrival on time due to a shutdown at Kennedy airport. She had arrived in NYC but apparently simply could not follow re-booking instructions, and also had lost my 'phone number and didn't think to get help quickly. Lufthansa eventually found her. Her re-booking succeeded , for a flight arriving here at nearly 6 pm. I will be at Logan then to get my solo dauntless traveller.
    I had wallowed in "R. and G.....". Sigh. I'm SORRY to be a "no show".

    January 5, 2014

    • Arlinda S.

      Barbara, if on a winter's night a dauntless traveller...Until the next "show"!

      January 5, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry folks, feeling under the weather (no pun intended :). I won't make it tomorrow evening. Really looked forward to it, but until next time. Enjoy and Happy New Year. May you have wealth, health, and happiness this year and for always!

    January 4, 2014

    • Arlinda S.

      You, too! And may you feel over the weather soon! (pun intended)

      January 4, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    It is true. The blizzard has stranded me in North Carolina for a few extra days without a flight home. I have removed my name from the RSVP list!

    January 4, 2014

    • Arlinda S.

      Nancy, sorry to miss you! Hope you find a way back home soon. If it's any consolation, think of how much worse Rosencrantz and Guildenstern had it!

      January 4, 2014

  • Rennfox

    I am woe noe moe. See yall tomorrow.

    January 4, 2014

  • David B.

    Due to a change in plans, Nancy and I won't be able to make this one. Enjoy!

    January 4, 2014

  • Gillian D.

    Definitely still in.

    January 4, 2014

  • Diana L.

    I am also in. See you tomorrow

    January 4, 2014

  • Arlinda S.

    Happy New Year all! I hope you're not letting the snowy wonderland dampen your enthusiasm and eagerness for our upcoming meeting. Indeed, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are still very much dead, snow or no snow, and the "show" will go on. If you could update your RSVP accordingly, I would be grateful. See you Sunday!

    January 3, 2014

  • Rennfox

    Hello Everyone, I am still on the wait list, but if something opens, I will be there. Meanwhile, I will keep flipping coins. Cheers

    January 3, 2014

  • Barbara

    I'd be glad to read any part of this play not already spoken-for, if wanted. Great, lovely play.....

    December 27, 2013

    • Arlinda S.

      Absolutely. So read away, Barbara! And Gillian, I simply asked for volunteers to enact favorite scenes, so you can steal a part! :)

      December 27, 2013

    • Gillian D.

      Definitely interested in participating. :)

      December 27, 2013

  • Rennfox

    I am on the waiting list, woe is me. But I am reading, just in case. Happy New Year to all.

    December 27, 2013

    • Arlinda S.

      A spot is likely to open up, so woe be not you.

      December 27, 2013

  • Laura C.

    I saw a production of this play in college and couldn't stop laughing! The actors were wonderful! Can't wait to read the play!

    1 · December 20, 2013

  • Gillian D.

    Did anyone see the free production of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead a couple years ago in O'Malley Park? I wrote a review for it: http://www.netheatregeek.com/2012/07/23/rosencrantz-and-guildenstern-are-dead-black-comedy-in-the-park/

    1 · December 12, 2013

    • Arlinda S.

      Thanks for sharing your review, Gillian. It's insightful. For anyone out there who would see this acted out, here's an exceptionally well-cast movie adaptation: http://www.youtube.co...­

      1 · December 12, 2013

    • Gillian D.

      Thank you, both of you! I'm very flattered. I was hesitant to share the review, but I figure it was on topic. As for the movie, Gary Oldman and Tim Roth are wonderful as the title characters.

      December 12, 2013

  • Arlinda S.

    Would anyone want to enact any part of the play? Let me know...

    December 11, 2013

  • Todd

    This is a wonderful play! I'm so glad we're reading it!

    December 10, 2013

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