Moving on from Shakespeare re-imagined into Shakespeare-inspired, the Studio Theater is staging Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. I’m excited to get a chance to see this performed on stage – I love the movie version with Gary Oldman, though Tim Roth is the real meat there, I think.
If you don’t know it, R&GAD’s story runs parallel to Hamlet but only intersects with the play in a few places. Otherwise we follow Rosencrantz and Guildenstern (or was that Guildenstern and Rosencrantz? Mocking their interchangability in Hamlet, even they seem unable to keep track of who is who) as they make their way to Denmark in responce to the Queen’s summons to come help her apparently fruit-loopy son. There’s commentary on the nature of chance, battles of the question game – no rhetoric or repeats, please – and their interactions with the Players from Hamlet are great.
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