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Constellations
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 24 October 2012
The play Constellations by Nick Payne was a great buy. Focusing on 2 people that keep meeting by chance and, using the idea of string theory, shows how certain choices you make in life could change the direction your life will take. Very well written that has moments that may make you laugh and others that may tug at your heart strings. No PhD required as the science is kept simple so you don't become overwhelmed by the theory. I enjoyed it so much that it has made it's way into my list of favourite plays. I highly recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 21 April 2015
Watching the great Sir Tom's Stoppard's latest play 'The Hard Problem', it is evident that Payne is now the go-to person for dramatizing science at its most abstruse or, better, dramatising human relationships by using the nearest we have to a Theory of Everything This really shouldn't work: two people meet by chance and, following the postulates of String Theory, each of 11 parallel lives afford a series of ways these lives go. This is to see one couple's many romantic possibilities mashed together, each following its own line but crossing according to one of eleven serendipities or indeed culs-de-sac. The original production was brilliantly played by the great Sally Hawkins and the brilliant Rafe Spall (he is to direct a film with her in it. 'Constellations' is currently, April 2015, on Broadway with Jake Gyllenhall and Ruth Wilson in a much garlanded production). I found it harder to follow on the page - on stage I found it surprisingly easy to go with the many, intercrossing flows - but this remains a rich and rewarding read, very poignant as there are, necessarily, many partings, many 'failures' which put the many 'successes' into relief (so far and yet so near and vice versa). Imagining its synopsis makes one think "Well, that's just a gimmick." In fact, it is an ingenious way of demonstrating the role of fate and chance in our lives and of finding the pathos therein. A hugely ambitious, extremely entertaining play that has made Payne's name and deservedly so. What it dodges is the charge of pretentiousness; it could have been quite awful!
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on 8 November 2013
I cannot recommend using Wordery to deliver books enough. They are clear as to their condition and punctual with they're distribution. I have ordered several plays from Wordery in the past and have always found them beyond satisfactory. As to Constellations, it is beautifully written and very clever. I would recommend it to anyone. Although, I say this after having seen it performed, and the experience for someone who is just going to read it may be different, but, in my humble opinion, I found it to be a breath-taking piece of theatre.
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on 28 April 2013
Saw this play when it was running London and absolutely loved it so followed up by buying the book. It's a really clever concept but I think you can only fully appreciate it whilst watching it in person.
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on 30 January 2014
Very interesting would love to see it performed would recommend to an experimental director with a cast with a very good memory!
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on 14 June 2014
Good play. Really enjoyed it. Lots to think about when I read it and you should read it too. Well done
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on 14 February 2015
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 30 December 2012
I'm very glad I read this play. It's an interesting concept and the structure is genuinely unique. For me the problem was that I simply didn't engage with what Payne is doing. It seemed interesting as an exercise but my thought as I was reading it was that I wouldn't want to sit through it onstage. Maybe I'll see a performance that will change my mind...
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