Characters: 8 male, 4 female Unit set. This play moves back and forth between 1809 and the present at the elegant estate owned by the Coverly family. The 1809 scenes reveal a household in transition. As the Arcadian landscape is being transformed into picturesque Gothic gardens, complete with a hermitage, thirteen year old Lady Thomasina and her ...
Characters: 8 male, 4 female Unit set. This play moves back and forth between 1809 and the present at the elegant estate owned by the Coverly family. The 1809 scenes reveal a household in transition. As the Arcadian landscape is being transformed into picturesque Gothic gardens, complete with a hermitage, thirteen year old Lady Thomasina and her tutor delve into intellectual and romantic issues. Present day scenes depict the Coverly descendants and two competing scholars who are researching a possible scandal at the estate in 1809 involving Lord Byron. This brilliant play moves smoothly between the centuries and explores the nature of truth and time, the difference between classical and romantic temperaments, and the disruptive influence of sex on our life orbits the attraction Newton left out. "Pure entertainment for the heart, mind, soul...The best Broadway play for many, many a season. It is a work shot through with fun, passion and, yes, genius." N.Y. Post. "Stoppard's richest, most ravishing comedy to date, a play of wit, intellect, language, brio and ...emotion. It's like a dream of levitation: you're instantaneously aloft, soaring, banking, doing loop the loops...The playwright is a daredevil pilot who's steady at the controls. " N.Y. Times. "Full of complex ideas and pleasures one expects from this master of dramatic composition." Time Out. "A dazzling exposition of epigrammatic wit." Daily Express. To learn more about the 2011 Broadway production, visit ... Winner of the 1995 New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best Play and the 1994 Olivier Award.
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Publishers Weekly, 2009-11-30 A talented ensemble delivers an unforgettable performance of Stoppard's classic. The play-set at Sidley Park, an English country house-features dual plot lines and shifts between the early 19th and the present: in 1809, we follow the adventures of tutor Septimus Hodge (Douglas Weston) as he attempts to educate the young Thomasina Croom (Jennifer Dundas) while engaging in an illicit affair with a guest and warding off her poet-cum-would-be duelist husband. In modern times, popular author Hanna Jarvis (Kate Burton) and university professor and Lord Byron devotee Bernard Nightingale (Gregory Itzin) converge at Sidley Park as they work to unravel the truth about the mysterious events of 1809 and its ramifications for literary history. Featuring brilliant performances from Itzin, Burton and Weston, this audio brims with humor and spirit as it delves into the nature of truth, the validity of history, and the relationship between past and present; truly a standout and a real treat for listeners. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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