rosencrantz and guildenstern are dead


V.21 No.44 | 11/1/2012
Tyler Shoemake (left) and Stephen Armijo
Scrap Productions

Arts

Life in a box

Tom Stoppard’s existential masterwork Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead is in its last weekend at Theatre X (in the basement of UNM’s Center for the Arts). Alibi theater critic Leigh Hile reviewed the ambitious production.

Tyler Shoemake (left) and Stephen Armijo
Scrap Productions

Performance Review

Major-Minor Doom

Bit characters from Hamlet wander to their demise at Theatre X

This is no spoiler: “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are dead.” An ambassador from England announces this at the end of Hamlet and this masterpiece from Tom Stoppard. Anyone who is familiar with Hamlet or has even read the title of Stoppard's classic absurdist drama has a pretty good idea of where they play's action is headed. Even the protagonists, at various turns in the story, know they're going to die, though they either forget or willfully ignore the information upon receiving it every time.

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