"Rosencrantz and Guilderstern Are Dead is a play which, as it were, takes place in the wings of Hamlet, and finds both humour and poignancy in the situation of the ill-fated attendant lords. The National Theatre production in April 1967 made Tom Stoppard's reputation virtually overnight. Its wit, stagecraft and verbal verve remain as exhilarating as they were then and the play has become a contemporary classic."...Continua
Guildenstern: I think I have it. A man talking sense to himself is no madder than a man talking nonsense not to himself.
Rosencrantz: Or just as mad.
Guildenstern: Or just as mad.
Rosencrantz: And he does both.
Guildenstern: So there you are.
Rosencrantz: Stark raving sane.
Delizioso tuffo nell'Assurdo. Li ho adorati....Continua
Stoppard's version of Beckett's Waiting for Godot. What a riot. This book/play is the source that had me come out of my shell as a senior in high school. Hamlet is not portrayed as well here as ol' Billy did. As we discussed Hamlet's role in Rosencrantz, I recall becoming frustrated with my teacher's insistence that Hamlet was a hero. Finally, I called out, "Hamlet is an asshole."
Shocked! I was asked to defend my comment, which I did and all was well. It taught me that an unpopular POV will be respected if defended....Continua