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Arcadia 

When: Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. and Sundays, 2 p.m. Continues through Oct. 9 2016
Price: $20-$25
Tom Stoppard's play Arcadia is about mathematics, thermodynamics, determinism, Lord Byron, "the carnal embrace" and hermits. It's a lot to ask of a play to link those concepts and people together, so Stoppard uses human beings as channels for the ideas. Set simultaneously in 1809 and the present, Arcadia presents the inhabitants of a country home in both time frames. In the nineteenth century Thomasina Coverly is a teenager with an intuitive grasp of math, nature and physics. Her learned tutor Septimus is her confidant and verbal sparring partner. In the present we have a group of academics whose lines of research converge on the Coverly house. All characters and time lines eventually meet, in ways neither party is aware of. West End Players Guild opens its 106th season with Arcadia. The play is performed at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday (September 30 to October 9) at the Union Avenue Christian Church (733 North Union Boulevard; www.westendplayers.org). Tickets are $20 to $25.
— Paul Friswold

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