Tom Stoppard: Arcadia

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Arcadia premiered at the Royal National Theatre on 13 April 1993 and opened on Broadway two years later. In London, the play received the Olivier Award for best play, and in America the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award. Benedict Nightingale, reviewing the play for The Times, wrote that Stoppard presents with Arcadia "the perfect marriage of ideas and high comedy”. References to chaos theory, thermodynamics, aesthetics and the distinction of literary periods and philosophical modes of enquiry flatter the intellect of the spectator, and Arcadia rejoices in Stoppard's hallmark witticisms and word play. Lady Croom's reprimand to her brother, “Do not dabble in paradox, Edward, it puts you in danger …

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Citation:
Kuehn, Julia Christine, Paul Smethurst. "Arcadia". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 21 September 2004
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