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Et in Arcadia Ego

Wow.

Just... wow.

That was so lovely. The production made it look exactly the way I imagined it when reading it, and the final scene, with the characters dancing and casting shadows on the wall ... boy; I wept.

You realize of course that my PhD studies were Postmodernism/Romanticism, so this play is just like a wet-dream for me. If I hadn't "done" novels, I would have done work on this play, and may still. It's wonderful. I'm so glad I succumbed to temptation.

Jean-Luc and Gandalf will have a lot to live up to!

I had a very good seat, except that the female half of the young couple in front of me had her hair teased into this immense Phyllis Diller- like fright-wig style, which obscured some of my view of the stage. However, they were a lovely young couple, obviously in the first throes of lurv, you know, hands drifting semi-casually, shoulders touching, electric, speaking glances to each other under seemingly casual conversation. What was delightful, though, was that in the interval they launched into a very intelligent discussion of the play, revealing some fairly detailed study of it (I suspect that it may be part of A-level syllabi?). I was so tempted to jump in and add my 2 cents to the conversation, but ... well, you know, there's a limit to academic geekitude.

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lidocafe
Jun. 13th, 2009 05:01 am (UTC)
So glad you got to see a play you love so much! At first, I had the days mixed up and was thinking, "Wait, you don't even like Sam Beckett--and you wanted to work on Godot??!!" Then I realized my mistake. I will have to check out Arcadia on your (implict) recommendation. Great description of the couple too!
intertext
Jun. 13th, 2009 06:14 am (UTC)
Oh, its a gorgeous play - you'd love it. Very witty dialogue, of course, but full of all kinds of ideas about art, life, science, time, chaos theory, love...
owlfish
Jun. 13th, 2009 07:21 pm (UTC)
Yours is the third recommendation I've received for this play. I suspect I'll be going to see it!
majrgenrl8
Jun. 14th, 2009 12:40 am (UTC)
I saw it Tuesday night. Wasn't it brilliant? I need to go read the play over and over and over again now. I wish I could get back to London and see it again.
labellementeuse
Jul. 9th, 2009 04:32 pm (UTC)
(This is Tui-from-New-Zealand from the conference. Not some random. Just FWIW.)

I totally also saw Arcadia in London and wasn't it just amazing? I did a little excerpt from it for speech & drama back when I was a wee one and that spurred me on to get a ticket although I otherwise didn't know it well at all - and I just LOVED it. What a fantastic play!

Hope trip home/awkward visit with rellies went well! :)
intertext
Jul. 9th, 2009 09:11 pm (UTC)
Hi! Welcome - I've friended you back :-) Visit with rellies was okay, though a bit stressful. Hope you didn't spend too much money in Hay-on-Wye and that further travels are safe and fun.
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