Arcadia, by Tom Stoppard, currently playing at the Citadel Theatre. By nature of my working there, I was lucky enough to have to see it twice for my work (Dress Rehearsal and Opening Night). After seeing it for the second time, I was so excited that I would be seeing it for a third time (I was bringing my husband to it). Why? Because the second viewing was even more than the first. The script is so beautifully layered between times and with regards to concepts. Yes, there are some heady scientific principles discussed as well as the world of literary scholarship. I am lucky to have major in Science and a minor in English, but really, that isn't what is so fascinating for me about this play. It's the people and the layers of truth from time to time that made me go 'aha!'. I've seen it three times now, and the third time was the best. Each time I have picked up on more and more of this beautiful script. So much so, that while the first two viewings wowed me intellectually, the third hit all my emotional centers and I found myself sobbing through the last 10-5 minutes of the play. It's the people, it's the impermanence of life, it's the miracle of genius and the tragedy of the loss of that genius too, too soon, and it's about sex and more importantly, love.
Arcadia runs until April 12th at the Citadel Theatre. Tickets are available by calling 780.425.1820 or online at www.citadeltheatre.com.
Julia Guy and Aaron Hursh
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Photo Credit: David Cooper