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Arcadia

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Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia merges science with human concerns and ideals, examining the universe’s influence in our everyday lives and ultimate fates through relationship between past and present, order and disorder and the certainty of knowledge. Set in an English country house in the year 1809-1812 and 1989, the play examines the lives of two modern scholars and the house's current residents with the lives of those who lived there 180 years earlier.

Includes an interview with Steven Strogatz, the author of Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos and professor at the Cornell University School of Theoretical and Applied Mathematics.

An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring:

Kate Burton as Hannah

Mark Capri as Chater

Jennifer Dundas as Thomasina

Gregory Itzin as Bernard Nightingale

David Manis as Cpt. Brice

Christopher Neame as Noakes and Jellaby

Peter Paige as Valentine

Darren Richardson as Augustus

Kate Steele as Chloe

Serena Scott Thomas as Lady Croom

Douglas Weston as Septimus

Directed by John Rubinstein. Recorded at the Invisible Studios, West Hollywood.

Arcadia is part of L.A. Theatre Works’ Relativity Series featuring science-themed plays. Major funding for the Relativity Series is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to enhance public understanding of science and technology in the modern world.

©2009 L.A. Theatre Works (P)2009 L.A. Theatre Works

Critiques

“Tom Stoppard’s richest, most ravishing comedy to date. A play of wit, intellect, language, brio and emotion,” and The Royal Institution of Great Britain calls it: “the best science book ever written.” ( )The New York Times)

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • M. W. Roberts
  • 23/02/2011

Great production

This audible performance of Arcadia is very well acted and produced. My chief criteria for these audible plays are: (1) How closely does the performance stick to the script - i.e. have they omitted a significant portion of the dialog? (2) Sound quality: does it sound like they recorded a live stage performance with a microphone sitting on a corner of the stage, or was it recorded specifically for a listening audience? And do they use sound effects well?

On both accounts this is a high-quality production. It is also a charming, funny and intelligent play.

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  • Global
    3 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Gretchen SLP
  • 19/01/2016

'It's Wanting to Know That Makes Us Matter'

A better quote/title for any review of this play would be 'What We Let Fall,' but since that was the partial title of the research paper I wrote on Arcadia for a graduate seminar back in the day, I figured I'd choose another for this one play that has it all: "Pigeons! Sex! Literature! Life and Death!" Stoppard's finest play (and probably the only one that will withstand the test of time and do well in revivals a century hence), unfortunately HAS to be seen to be appreciated, however. This isn't like the other plays I've reviewed here, wherein even a newcomer to the play can understand and fully appreciate the action without actually seeing it. I still cried like a baby at the conclusion on my way home this evening, when it was revealed who the Hermit of Sidley Park was and what caused him to go mad, retreat to the hermitage, and spend the rest of his life trying to prove out the theorem of a teenaged prodigy...but to take just the most stunning stage example, I was able to see that final scene--where the couple from the present dance "fluently," while the couple from the past dance "awkwardly," to quote from stage directions a first-time listener would never know--only because I've read and seen this play performed multiple times. It's possible such a listener wouldn't even know what was going on, especially toward the end, when scenes from the present begin to alternate with scenes from the past so rapidly that eventually they share the same stage simultaneously.

Do yourself a favor: See the play, and/or have the printed book handy, before you listen to this title. If you do that, you're in for a real treat.

Extra value can be had by listening to the interview with the Chaos Theory scientist at the end...and also by noticing that the actor playing Septimus Hodge sounds more like Kenneth Branagh than anyone else you've ever heard besides Kenneth Branagh!!

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Chris
  • 15/05/2011

Even in Arcadia...

This dramatization is not quite the playwright's original text, but it takes some helpful artistic liberties that describe scenes and make the unspoken parts of the play flow easily within the dialogue. As far as the play, Stoppard is a master of transforming life's circumstances into math problems. He ruined statistical probability and chance in "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead." He bashed Zeno's Paradox and geometry in "Jumpers." Now thermodynamics and Mandelbrot's fractals fall victim to the wit and genius of Stoppard; telling his love stories and the tragi-comedic foibles of life through the ages, using sex as the chaotic "strange attractor" that ruins the Newtonian universe. I listened to this dramatization, then read the play, then listened again with even more enjoyment. A friend of mine listened to the dramatization before attending a recent performance in New York, and he said that the audio "preview" greatly enhanced his enjoyment of the play itself. Even if you don't know one thing about entropy or self-similarity, this rendition will provide a delightful brain-teaser.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Martha
  • 10/10/2010

Stoppard's wit and a bright, playful cast

History, literature, science, gardening...a brilliant girl out of time and some lamebrained literary detective work. Stoppard at the top of his game, and a cast that includes Gregory Itzin, far from the evil Nixonian president he played on 24. You'll never hear the words "carnal embrace" again without giggling, just a little.

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  • Global
    3 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Athene
  • 28/08/2014

Needs more that one listening.

If the interviews that came after the reading had come BEFORE the reading, I'd gotten a lot more of of this -- after all, it's an illustration of chaos theory. I needed a 'heads up'. It is witty, and intellectually stimulating, so I might give it another go.
Two sets of characters in two different time periods are hard to follow by ear alone, unless the performances are carefully designed to be easily distinguishable.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Brandon Sholund
  • 08/03/2019

Choas theory, literture, geometry and more explored with wit and style

Tom Stppard has a way of convert complex mathematical theories into eloquently written plays with memorable characters. He does this again with 'Arcadia'. Natural science goes head to head with Newtonian laws in provincial Derbyshire as a genius child, her gruff tutor, a cuckold Lord, an antagonistic researcher and others dance through Stoppards language and conceits. Add in the brilliant cast and productions values and you have a winner with this production. That's a good thing for me, not being a theorist of any kind. But I can appreciate a well written play, excellent acting and the ability to expand my horizons and this play offers all of these with a wit and accessibility for everyone.

  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Milkweed Fairy
  • 20/11/2018

Well performed and has a good bonus interview

We bought this after being frustrated at a live performance where we couldn’t make out all the words. This recording exceeded our expectations, with clear dialog delightfully dramatized plus the interview about chaos theory and how the play relates to what went on in real life.

  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Secondadonna
  • 09/09/2018

Great play

So glad to have found one of my very favorite plays available through audible! Fond memories of the original Broadway production and the revival made me wary to listen to a different cast, but the performances were fine all around. Gotta love Stoppard for his ability to combine so many cerebral disciplines into a fun & entertaining play.

  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Rowdyman
  • 10/04/2015

Genius

What did you love best about Arcadia?

What I loved most? Wow, I'd be hard pressed to say since the entire play is great. I could pinpoint a favorite line, but I don't want to spoil it for anyone.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Thomasina, for sure. I've always imagined having a daughter like her. Something about a strong willed precocious female protagonist really draws me in.

Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This was an ensemble cast rather than a single narrator.

Any additional comments?

I had to analyze this play for a class and I can't wait to listen to it again. The actors are superb and foley is spot on. I read this play while listening to it at the same time; there are very few liberties taken with stage direction, but the ones that were better served the listening experience.

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  • Global
    3 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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    2 out of 5 stars
  • Asta
  • 17/07/2012

Good Cast but Was Lost on the Story

I thought that the narrators were, for the most part, great.

I had not read this play before so I was not familiar with the story at all. Therefore, I remained very confused about what the story was about. I couldn't keep track of the characters and their roles, and I kind of lost interest as it wasn't what I was expecting, leading me to replay scenes as my ears turned out. It could be that these types of plays are just not for me.

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