One of my favorite plays ever, with an amazing cast–in NY this March, straight from London. Saw it, loved it, would almost pay the $80 for nosebleed seats again! The first act is absolutely stellar. I was in this show in college and still made new discoveries in this production. From the official site:
Tom Stoppard’s ARCADIA is coming to Broadway for a limited engagement this spring, following a sold out run in London where it was heralded as a “dazzling masterpiece, a glimpse of theatrical heaven” (The Daily Telegraph) and “the greatest play of its time” (The Independent).
Directed by five-time Tony Award® nominee David Leveaux, ARCADIA is “Stoppard’s richest, most ravishing comedy” (The New York Times) – a witty masterpiece of misunderstanding and quest for knowledge, resonating across centuries.
April 1809, an elegant English country estate… a gifted pupil, proposes a startling theory well beyond her comprehension. All around her, the adults, including her tutor, are preoccupied with secret desires, illicit passions and professional rivalries.
Two hundred years later, two academic adversaries are piecing together puzzling clues, curiously recalling those events of 1809 in their quest for an increasingly elusive truth.
ARCADIA features an exquisite cast including Margaret Colin, Billy Crudup, Raúl Esparza, Glenn Fleshler, Grace Gummer, Edward James Hyland, Byron Jennings, Bel Powley, Tom Riley, Noah Robbins, David Turner and Lia Williams. Crudup, who won a Tony Award for his performance in Stoppard’s The Coast of Utopia, made his Broadway debut in the 1995 production of ARCADIA. Esparza has received four Tony Award nominations for starring roles on Broadway in Speed-the-Plow (2009), The Homecoming (2008), Company (2007) and Taboo (2004). Lia Williams made her Broadway debut in David Hare’s Skylight for which she received a Tony Award nomination and Olivier Award nomination.
Stoppard, one of the most celebrated and prolific playwrights of modern day, has been represented on Broadway with seventeen different productions to date including Rock ’n’ Roll, Jumpers, The Real Thing, Travesties, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead and The Coast of Utopia, which received the most Tony Awards of any play on Broadway. David Leveaux’s previous collaborations with Stoppard include the Tony Award-winning revival of The Real Thing and the Tony-nominated revival of Jumpers, receiving Tony Award nominations for his direction of both.