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At times, almost, the Fool.
on 12 June 2009
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are dead is an intriguing exercise in the theatre of the absurd. It is comic, touchingly focussed on the two characters (although we can assume they are actually very much a single thing) and also serious, poetic and brilliant. Nowhere else in Stoppard's work or in a great deal of texts is there such a gloriously successful mix of the absurd and the sensitive; Rosencrantz and Guildenstern's meditations on life, death, drama, existentialism and Hamlet are for the most part excellent pieces of writing on their own. To have them within the framework of this readable and ultimately very funny piece of drama just confirms my belief that Tom Stoppard is one of the most important and underrated writers we have.