Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Tom Stoppard is a very verbal playwright, especially his early work, so the plays read well. But they are a challenge to act. Here's Benedict Cumberbatch doing about three minutes in Rosencrantz and Gildenstern Are Dead. He's renowned lately for his facility with lots of words (Sherlock being a major instance) but I think this three minutes demonstrates how to act all those words. He reveals their humor, but he also makes them the expression of the character's thoughts and feelings. It's a very impressive three minutes, illuminating what makes Stoppard's words theatrical, but especially it seems to me a clinic for actors, period.