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Rock 'n' Roll: A New Play by Tom Stoppard

Rock 'n' Roll: A New Play

by Tom Stoppard

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  kutheatre | Jun 7, 2015 |
This is much better on the stage than on the page. I will never not love Alice, but the relationships are *hard* to parse in text (or maybe that's just me; an actor or director would likely get a little more from it), and the politics do not come across well. I don't know if this is one of Stoppard's better works, or if it's just more technically adept than much of his previous work, or what. (Also, Plastic People of Universe, as a band, *suck*.) ( )
  cricketbats | Mar 30, 2013 |
Stoppard but not as good as many of his other plays. This play is based on historical events. (Remember that Tom Stoppard was born in Czechoslovakia.) ( )
  pzmiller | Mar 9, 2008 |
This is a surprisingly powerful play, with an emotional climax that I had not expected from Stoppard's earlier work. It begins as a forceful debate on the history and future of socialism, ground which Stoppard has tilled before. But then it blindsides us with a gradually but strongly developed subtext that the spirit of Pan (here personified by rock musicians, particularly Syd Barrett) is a truer agent of change than even intellectuals -- Stoppard himself -- might devise.

This edition has an 11-page introductory essay by Stoppard which you might find helpful, as the characters are caught up in historical events with which you may not be familiar. ( )
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Rock ’n’ Roll is an electrifying collision of the romantic and the revolutionary. It is 1968 and the world is ablaze with rebellion, accompanied by a sound track of the Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan. Clutching his prized collection of rock albums, Jan, a Cambridge graduate student, returns to his homeland of Czechoslovakia just as Soviet tanks roll into Prague. When security forces tighten their grip on artistic expression, Jan is inexorably drawn toward a dangerous act of dissent. Back in England, Jan’s volcanic mentor, Max, faces a war of his own as his free-spirited daughter and his cancer-stricken wife attempt to break through his walls of academic and emotional obstinacy. Over the next twenty years of love, espionage, chance, and loss, the extraordinary lives of Jan and Max spin and intersect until an unexpected reunion forces them to see what is truly worth the fight.

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This play talks about the history of Czechoslovakia between the Prague Spring and the Velvet Revolution - from the double perspective of Prague, where a rock 'n' roll band came to symbolise resistance to the regime, and the British left, represented by a Communist philosopher at Cambridge.… (more)

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