By Tom Stoppard
Arcadia takes us backward and forward among the 19th and 20th centuries, ranging over the character of fact and time, the variation among the Classical and the Romantic temperament, and the disruptive impact of intercourse on our orbits in existence. concentrating on the mysteries—romantic, clinical, literary—that have interaction the minds and hearts of characters whose passions and lives intersect throughout clinical planes and centuries, it really is “Stoppard’s richest, such a lot ravishing comedy so far, a play of wit, mind, language, brio and . . . emotion. It’s like a dream of levitation: you’re instantly aloft, hovering, banking, doing loop-the-loops after which, for those who imagine you’re approximately to plummet to earth, swooping to a steady landing of no longer simply defined sweetness and sorrow . . . Exhilarating” (Vincent Canby, The manhattan Times).
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