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Lost in Arcadia
By Benjamin Nockles
In an estate in Arcadia, modern-day intellectuals obsessed with trivial history try to decipher clues telling the story of a very talented girl under the tutelage of a self-serving player while surrounded by a group of conceited and licentious bourgeoisie in the early 19th century. Through unlocking the past, audiences will not only discover that no one cares, but leave the theatre feeling like they should have learned something, (about determinism?) but didn't.
Arcadia is about as fun as reading a textbook for three hours, but not as fun as reading an interesting textbook.
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Set in a stately Derbyshire home in 1809, Arcadia tells the tale of Thomasina–a gifted student who discovers a shocking theory about the illicit, passionate, and desirous behavior of adults that even she is not able to fully comprehend. More than 200 years later, academic nemeses Hannah and Bernard find themselves working together to unravel the mysteries of this theory and become wrapped up in the events of 1809. Often considered Tom Stoddard's best work yet, "Arcadia" keeps audiences thinking quick and with rapt attention. Miss a moment, and you might just miss the most important detail.
Previews Begin: February 25, 2011
Opens: March 17, 2011
Closes: June 19, 2011
Ethel Barrymore Theater
243 West 47th Street
|Wednesday:||2:00 PM & 8:00 PM|
|Saturday:||2:00 PM & 8:00 PM|