Library staff recommendation: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
By Tom Stoppard
Greenfield Open Stacks 822 St73

In his best-known play, Tom Stoppard takes absurdist theater to its height! The play’s main characters, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, are two minor characters in Shakepeare’s Hamlet. In Stoppard’s play, the action takes place off-stage during a production of Hamlet; much of it centers around the two characters’ confusion about the play as well as the world around them.

Yet, amid their nonsense ramblings, Stoppard has Rosencrantz and Guildernstern cleverly remind us of some universal truths, largely expounding on the theory of existentialism. If you are a fan of the theater of Samuel Beckett or Harold Pinter, if you devour the works of Albert Camus, or if you simply enjoy language-play in general, this is a must-read!

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