Trivia and Meaning: A Review of Arcadia at Promethean Theatre Ensemble | Newcity Stage
RECOMMENDED The most brilliant Enlightenment play of the twentieth century, Tom Stoppard's "Arcadia" coruscates with freshets of astonishing wit unleashed at a pace that propels ever forward without pause, even as the play and the persons within it look back to the receding glow of a romantic past. The scene: the country house of Sidley Park in 1809 as well as a time nearer today, where a single aristocratic family, the Coverlys, have resided continuously throughout the minor and vast tumults of mathematical and technological advancement, variations in landscaping in proportion to the changing conceptualization of human relationship to nature, and the miscellany of mishaps and misdemeanors that must occur when men or women, married or not, are confined to a fixed locale with limited amusement to hand. While "Arcadia" presents the hullaballoo and hurt feelings of mismanaged love, its main characters are defined less by their passion for each other than they are by their intellectual