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Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead

Members say: Clever, Funny, Delightful, Intelligent, Great writing
81
Critics
86
4 reviews
Members
78
13 reviews
 

Onomatopoeia Theatre Company presents an absurdist, existentialist tragicomedy about the exploits of two minor characters from Shakespeare's 'Hamlet.'

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Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are unaware of their scripted lives and are unable to deviate from them. The story takes place mainly 'in the wings' of Shakespeare's, with brief appearances of major characters from 'Hamlet' who enact fragments of the original's scenes. Between these episodes the two protagonists voice their confusion at the progress of events of which—occurring onstage without them in 'Hamlet'—they have no direct knowledge. Will Rosencrantz and Guildenstern manage to discover the source of Hamlet's malaise as requested by the new king? Will the mysterious players who are strolling around the castle reveal the secrets they evidently know? Can we ever really know what's going on?

 


Reviews (17)

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86
Avg Score

85
Talkin' Broadway

"The play offers up a serious consideration of questions of self-determination vs. predestination, yet Stoppard’s sharp and off-kilter humor shines through repeatedly, arising not from silly tomfoolery but from the very strange situation in which two minor and interchangeable functionaries are unexpectedly thrust into the limelight...The eight-member cast collaborate beautifully to make this a strong and consistently illuminating ensemble effort." Full Review

90
Theatre is Easy

"The chemistry between the two actresses really helped me to settle into the rhythm of their relationship, and it was a delight to see them have fun with the games being played. The aesthetic of the show is also very interesting...This production was a joy to attend. The company really plays with the text, and the pleasure of that freedom is visible in their performance... I recommend this production to any appreciators of Shakespeare and syllogisms, or anyone looking to have a good laugh." Full Review

80
Stage Buddy

"In this production of the meta-drama playing at the Gene Frankel Theatre, the nascent Onomatopoeia Theatre Company hits the nail on the head by casting two very strong leads to play the doomed titular characters. They gamely carry the play through some impressive linguistic gymnastics and accomplish the difficult task of making the audience sympathize with two minor Shakespearean characters...Make no mistake, despite the heavy subject matter, there is plenty to chuckle at." Full Review

90
A Seat on the Aisle

"A delightfully rambunctious production…This is an extraordinary work – a tongue-in-cheek comedy, an existential and absurdist tour-de-force that owes as much to Samuel Beckett as it does to William Shakespeare…This instance of gender-blind casting works beautifully, with both Larson and Vammer providing a welcome degree of light-hearted insouciance in their roles." Full Review

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79
Funny, Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if you enjoyed this in high school and want to see a decent production.

Don't see it if you get lost easily in shows.

20
Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating, Slow, Boring!

See it if you want to support your friends or family, otherwise don't. Poor direction, terrible pacing, difficult to follow an already confusing story

Don't see it if you expect to see good theater. Doubt I'll see any more productions from this theater. Left at intermission.

83
Funny, Clever, Delightful, Intelligent, Great writing

See it if You like witty takes on those 2 bit players from Hamlet. Seriously funny wordplay at work here.

Don't see it if Shakespeare or straight plays are not your thing.

80
Funny, Clever

See it if you enjoy the play or Hamlet, or if you enjoy an adaptation featuring two women as the main characters.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy absurdist theater or if you are unfamiliar with either the source material or Hamlet.

87
Funny, Clever, Intelligent, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if You're a fan of Tom Stoppard, this play (R&G are Dead), or you're a super-fan of Hamlet. I found this worked better as a play than a movie!

Don't see it if You want all of the actors to be absolutely perfect. The director doubled as "The Player", and his performance left something to be desired.

86
Funny, Clever, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Great writing

See it if You like Shakespeare.It's a brilliant show that makes you think about a variety of things from death to writing to the chance of a coin flip

Don't see it if You like traditional plays.

91
Funny, Ambitious, Clever, Delightful, Profound

See it if You enjoyed Hamlet and want an intense and in-depth analysis of both the play and life itself

Don't see it if You don't enjoy Shakespeare or satire of his works

100
Absorbing, Clever, Must see, Profound, Resonant

See it if You love Hamlet or you love to think deeply into plays. This one is thought-provoking, light, yet dark in its own way. Definitely a must-see

Don't see it if You don't like plays.

90
Clever, Exquisite, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Great writing

See it if You want a new perspective on Hamlet or a good laugh

Don't see it if You enjoy shorter run times

100
Funny, Absorbing, Clever, Delightful

See it if You like shakespearean wit and humor

Don't see it if You haven't been good understanding Shakespeare and don't enjoy it

83
Clever, Delightful, Quirky, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if Want a twist on a Shakespearean play.

Don't see it if Want a lot of stage production.

85
Funny, Clever, Delightful, Dizzying

See it if . n You love funny, crazy, witty theatre

Don't see it if You don't like laughing

79
For a previous production
Original, Enchanting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Confusing

See it if You like to analyse shows

Don't see it if You are easily confused when things aren't told clearly