Arcadia

Barrymore Theatre
243 W 47th St, New York, NY 10036
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Truly an amazing feast for the eyes and mind!

Beatiful to see--visually inspring and stunning! The acting is superb and the play is provocative and timeless! This is truly what theater should be. Excellent--thats all I can say.

A TOPFLIGHT "ARCADIA"

This is an elegent producion of a brilliant and sometimes masterful play.It does require complete attention from the theatregoer, but for those willing to think, this is a fine production of a masterful play.

Don't miss this amazing production!

Having seen the superb London production in 2009, I was not expecting to be blown away by this superlative revival on Broadway. David Leveaux has brought together a cast which deserve many accolades; they inhabit their roles, and appear to enjoy every second on stage. The standout performances come from all the 19th century cast, especially Tom Riley as Septimus Hodge. Funny, snarky and sexy, his performance centred the play. Raul Esparza is also very fine as Valentine Coverly. The set design, as in London, is perfect, the costumes beautiful and the whole production totally enchanting. Often hilarious, expect an intoxicatingly clever Stoppard play full of love, sex, and mystery across 2 centuries. I want to go back and see it all over again.

Don't miss this amazing production!

Having seen the superb London production in 2009, I was not expecting to be blown away by this superlative revival on Broadway. David Leveaux has brought together a cast which deserve many accolades; they inhabit their roles, and appear to enjoy every second on stage. The standout performances come from all the 19th century cast, especially Tom Riley as Septimus Hodge. Funny, snarky and sexy, his performance centred the play. Raul Esparza is also very fine as Valentine Coverly. The set design, as in London, is perfect, the costumes beautiful and the whole production totally enchanting. Often hilarious, expect an intoxicatingly clever Stoppard play full of love, sex, and mystery across 2 centuries. I want to go back and see it all over again.

Ravishing

After leaving the Lincoln Center production during intermission, I almost passed this revival by - foolishly. Arcadia Is a thrilling, exhilarating night in the theater. It gives me hope that Broadway can be something more than a wasteland of glitzy, inane tripe. Cast is superb down the line Heard ever word from a row on the side under the mezzanine. Cannot wait to return. Nights like this in a Broadway theater are increasingly rare. Good to see the house full, boxes included. Bravo. Thank you all involved.

Less Than Perfect Production of Stoppard's Masterwork

This is, for the most part, a fine production of a truly great play. The play?s direction is superb, the sets and costumes are first-rate, and several of the performances are truly outstanding. Both Tom Riley as Septimus Hodge and Billy Crudup as Bernard Nightingale, in particular, deserve to be singled out for their remarkable performances. But good as the production is, it is not perfect. For one thing, the first act gets underway too slowly and really should be shortened and tightened up. My second and only other real misgiving about this production relates to the casting of Bel Powley as Thomasina Coverly. Her voice is much too shrill and off-putting, she tends to swallow her lines, and she does not really capture her character?s aristocratic nature. I have posted a greatly expanded version of this review together with reviews of several other plays on my blog www.aseatontheaisle.blogspot.com.

You can't go home again

If you saw Arcadia at the Beaumont, dont go. Most of the charm has been stripped from this piece excepting Tom Riley as a terrific Septimus. Even Thomasinas last moments lose power as they are shared with the modern couple. Thomasina was annoyingly shrill and monochromatic.

Arcadia: 1996 and 2011

How does this 2011 production compare to the 1995 Lincoln Center one? The struggle is between human ego/hubris lust, recognition, control and the need for transcendence creative acts math, poetry, rational inquiry, the science of nature and love. The 1995 Nunn production got it right, in its set, casting and direction. Alas, in 2011 Leveaux?s hubris is overshadowing Stoppard?s truth. The action drags especially in the first act. The set lacks wit. Both: Billy Crudup then and Tom Riley now are terrific Septimuses. But from the first shrill word to last bob of her head, Bel Powley?s performance is miss-directed as Jennifer Dundas was spot-on. In turnabout, Crudup now plays a cartoon of the fame-seeking scholar, Nightengale. Still he is a great actor and can tone down. But is there enough time/talent before opening night for Leveaux and Powley to reshape her Thomasina?

Preview: 2011 Arcadia Needs Fixing Up

Comparing this 2011 production to the 1995 Lincoln Center one. Central idea is the reoccurring conflict for humans of their ego/hubris urges lust, recognition, control versus need for transcendence though creative acts math, poetry, rational inquiry, the science of nature and love. The 1995 Nunn production got it right, in its set, casting and direction. The 2011 Leveaux?s ego seems to be getting in the way of Stoppard?s truth. The action drags especially in the first act. The set lacks wit. Both: Billy Crudup then and Tom Riley now are terrific Septimuses. But from the first shrill word to last bob of her head, Bel Powley is either mis-cast and badly directed as Jennifer Dundas was right for it in the Nunn production. In turnabout, Crudup now plays a cartoon of the fame-seeking scholar, Nightengale. Still he is a great actor and can tone down. But is there enough time/talent before opening night for Leveaux and Powley reshape her Thomasina?

Preview: 2011 Arcadia Needs Fixing Up

Comparing this 2011 production to the 1995 Lincoln Center one. Central idea is the reoccurring conflict for humans of their ego/hubris urges lust, recognition, control over people/nature versus need for transcendence though the creative acts math, poetry, rational inquiry, the science of nature and love. The 1995 Nunn production got it right, in its set, casting and direction. The 2011 Leveaux?s ego seems to be getting in the way of Stoppard?s truth. The action drags especially in the first act. The set lacks wit. Both: Billy Crudup then and Tom Riley now are terrific Septimuses. But from the first shrill sentence to last bob of her head, Bel Powley is either miscast or terribly as Jennifer Dundas was right for it in the Nunn production. In turnabout, Crudup now plays a cartoon of the fame-seeking scholar, Nightengale. Still he is a great actor and can be toned down. But is there enough time/talent before opening night on March 17th for Leveaux and Powley reshape her Thomasina?

Preview: 2011 Arcadia Needs Fixing Up

Comparing this 2011 production to 1995 Lincoln Center one. Central themes muddy now especially soggy in the first act, clear then. Both had voice projection problems. Thomasina, at 13 and 17, and Septimus her young tutor are the two of the key characters. Both: Billy Crudup then and Tom Riley now terrific. But Bel Powley is as miscast in this production as Jennifer Dundas was right for it in the Nunn production. From the first shrill sentence to the last bob of her head, she does not convince us that she could produce a nonlinear mathematical proof . But she can waltz. Lia Williams plays Hannah, one of the modern day characters, as the self-directed historian and author. In turnabout, Crudup now plays a cartoon of the egoist scholar, Nightengale. But he is a great actor and the performance can be toned down before opening night, while Powley needs to be replaced with a young woman with real verve, a good voice and brains.

Preview: 2011 Arcadia Needs Fixing Up

Comparing this 2011 production to 1995 Lincoln Center one. Plays central themes muddy now especially soggy first act, clear then. Both had voice projection problems. Thomasina, at 13 and 17, and Septimus her young tutor are the central characters. Both: Billy Crudup then and Tom Riley now terrific. But Bel Powley is as miscast in this production as Jennifer Dundas was right for it in the Nunn production. From the first shrill sentence to the last bob of her head, she does not convince us that she could produce a nonlinear mathematical proof . But she can waltz. In turnabout, Crudup now plays a cartoon of the egoist scholar, Nightengale. But he is a great actor and the performance can be toned down before opening night, while Powley needs to be replaced with a young woman with real verve, a good voice and brains.