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A Stoppard Duo: After Magritte & The 15 minute Hamlet
Stone Soup Theatre
Seattle, WA
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A Stoppard Duo: After Magritte & The 15 minute Hamlet
There is obviously a perfectly logical reason for everything. So says Tom Stoppard, master of comic befuddlement and farce extraordinaire. In his one-act After Magritte, Stoppard tackles identity and individual perception with a tuba, waders, a fruit basket, assorted gun cartridges, light bulbs and a host of other objects.
The play opens on ballroom dancers Reginald and Thelma Harris in varying stages of undress, with Mother lying on the ironing board and a policeman looking through the window. Into this questionable domestic scene bursts Sherlock Holmes wannabe Inspector Foot. Absurdity gradually gives way to a skewed logic via misinterpretations and an incongruous police investigation. Its vintage Stoppard, separating reality fromwell, reality.
His plays have a brilliant theatricality... things are never quite what they seem to be." Mel Gussow, American Theatre (December, 1995) After Magritte is loaded with Stoppard's dazzling use of language and wit plus his ingeniously clever devices and tricks that challenge us to see what we see. It all serves some end  even it if that end turns out to be completely unexpected.
Tom Stoppard is one of the leading playwrights of the past half-century. From his early triumph in the 1960s, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, he has continued to present plays decade after decade that have been greeted with both critical and popular acclaim. Stoppard has also enjoyed considerable success with his many screenplays, most notably the Academy Award-winning Shakespeare in Love. From The Complete Review,

Directed by Mary Machala

Tom Stoppards Fifteen Minute Hamlet is for those who cant afford the normal 4 hours it takes to watch Shakespeares immortal classic.  This is a comedy of massive indecision by one of the worlds great equivocators, Hamlet, Prince of Denmark.  Except in this play he makes up him mind faster than one of his usually long speeches.  After all hes only go 15 minutes.  

For those of you living in isolation, Hamlet, sees the ghost of his father who informs him that his brother poisoned him so that he could marry his wife, so Hamlet spends the rest of the play trying to figure out if and how he should revenge his fathers death while driving his girlfriend crazy, killing her father, insulting his uncle/stepfather and slapping his mother/aunt around while trying to exhibit the nobility of man in this somewhat dysfunctional family.  

The play takes about the same amount of time as it took me to create the last sentence.  As an added bonus, the cast is largely female.  So if youre a fan of Hamlet, hotties, and hilarity, this plays the thing!

Directed by Roger Tompkins

October 29  November 23, 2008
Thursday  Saturday 8:00pm, Sunday Matinee 3:30pm
Wednesday Oct 29 (Preview) & Thursdays (November 6, 13, & 20)
Advance tickets for Thursday $18, Pay-what-you-will at the door ONLY!
Friday & Saturday Nights are $23.50
Sunday Matinees, $18.00
Students & Seniors, $15
TPS Members, $10 (must show membership card)
Opening Weekend Gala, Saturday November 1, $30,
With Pre & Post show party with the cast!

Support the opening of Stone Soup Theatres The Down Stage by purchasing Gala tickets for November 1, which include pre-show wine & cheese gathering and post show party.
Tickets $30

Ask about our Flex Pass
(8 Tickets for $110 or 4 Tickets for $55)

Tickets at Stone Soup Box Office (206) 633-1883.  
4029 Stone Way N.  Seattle WA 98103  


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Stone Soup Theatre
4029 Stone Way N
Seattle, WA 98103
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