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Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead 1990

Tom Stoppard’s wonderfully literate take on the inner-lives of the minor characters from Hamlet is adapted for the screen in sprightly fashion for this 1990 film which he directed himself. 103 more words

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Brazil (1985)

Brazil is a Thatcherite attack on public sector unions and an send up of Thatcherism. It is a look backward at the cumbersome bureaucracy of the British welfare state and an astonishingly accurate prediction of the war on terror. 1,508 more words



Arcadia is a complex, motif-ridden, tumultuous play filled with a juxtaposition between modern day characters and characters from the early 1800s. An interesting aspect of the story is the use of mathematics and numbers to explain dimensions of life that are completely unrelated to math. 272 more words

Book #34: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, by Tom Stoppard

I think it’s safe to say that absurdism isn’t exactly my thing. After working my way through a handful of Edward Albee’s plays, I was ready to move on to different things, but my professor wanted us to have another stop on the path through Theatre of the Absurd with… 95 more words


Tom Stoppard's Arcadia

Roland Barthes, in his 1967 essay “The Death of the Author”, defines a text as a “tissue of quotations drawn from the innumerable centres of culture” ( 969 more words


Quote: Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead

Observant readers may have realized that the subtitle of my blog, “Words, words. They’re all we have to go on,” is a quote taken from Tom Stoppard’s 1966 play  242 more words


Metadrama: A Love/Hate Relationship

It is no secret that there is some truly amazing literature out there that can be classified as meta theater. Because I am a huge Shakespeare fan, as most of my dedicated readers know, the lens that I best understand this sort of thing through, is of course, the Hamlet lens. 236 more words