My favorite outing of the week was a play at the Guthrie at the invitation of my friend, Jordan. I'm not very enthusiastic about live theater, but I try to give it a chance from time to time. In this case, I had a great experience and found Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead to be quite enjoyable.
The play itself is extremely clever, well-written, and filled with all sorts of witty approaches to existential and philosophical perplexities. It's a feast of great dialog and smart humor. Of course, there is always, it seems with theater, an obligatory bawdy and juvenile scene to be endured (insert huge eye roll and sigh here).
The overall performance was very good. The two lead actors were terrific. The staging, though simple, was effective. The theater space and the Guthrie complex itself are beautiful. And the best part of all was the time spent with a friend.
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The Acting Company in association with
the Guthrie Theater presents
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
by Tom Stoppard and directed by John Rando
April 22 - May 04, 2014 on the McGuire Proscenium Stage
The partnership between the Guthrie and The Acting Company enters its sixth year and provides an amazing training ground for up-and-coming actors to showcase their talents. Hamlet – Shakespeare’s story of a Danish prince’s search for vengeance, justice and truth – will play in repertory with Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, a reworking of the same tragedy from the point of view of two minor characters and their static existence in a world beyond their comprehension.