This was a play that suffered from its fictional story of a man attempting to unravel the secrets of his lover being far less interesting than the true story of G H Hardy and Srinivasa.
I can imagine this being a lotpowerful and affecting in performance but perhaps doesn t translate amazingly into writing.
Of TheOlivier Award For Best New Play With Touching Emotion And Unnerving Disquietude, A Disappearing Number Forces The Spectator To Consider The Fact Of Love, Death And Belonging, Within The Space Of His Or Her Own Personal Universe New [ read Online A Disappearing Number (Oberon Modern Plays) ↠´ yuri PDF ] by Simon McBurney ↠´ Statesman I saw this play in Sydney and I loved it It is the only play where I have found myself so immersed in the story that I forgot I was in a theatre Reading the play did bring it back for me Additionally, I was able toeasily ponder on some of the mathematical concepts and their relevance to the characters It was good to revisit it again.
Everything adds up beautifully in Theatre Complicite s exquisite meditation on maths, love, grief and the way the past is linked to the future and the living to the absent, suggesting we are all linked to one another, even or perhaps especially in death.
At its centre are two love stories the affection of Hardy for the self taught mathematical genius Srinivasa Ramanujan, a lowly clerk in Madras whose discoveries have shaped modern maths and the relationship between Ruth, a maths lecturer, and Al, an American of Indian descent who deals in futures Ruth and Al want to build a future for themselves, but Ruth s biological clock is ticking as loudly as the one in her lecture theatre.
I give this 5 stars after having seen the play I first read it, and it was hard for me to follow, as it jumps from scene to scene suddenly, and with no regard for a linear timeline I had trouble visualizing it, but the production I saw brought it to life and made it an amazing theater experience for me The foundation is definitely there in the text, and what shines through even in the whirlwind of storytelling that is this play is the beautiful relationship between the fictional mathematician, Ruth, and her eventual husband, Al This was the highlight of the play for me,so than the remarkable and tragic true story of the real life Indian mathematician Ramanujan, because this relationship was expressed so honestly and tenderly that I was affected by these characters muc î A Disappearing Number (Oberon Modern Plays) î I loved this play I loved the math and I loved the relationships and I loved that they intertwined so beautifully I m going throughfamily death, so the multiple character deaths in this play really got to me, but they were portrayed with such loving detail that they almost made mecomfortable in my own sadness.
I wishpeople were open to math as an art form Numbers are so magical and they really spoke to me as I read A Disappearing Number.

The script isn t perfect, but it is to this day the most memorizing performance I ve seen on stage.
This play is brilliant The fact that the writer can turn Maths and Science into art forms, McBurney is a genius I didn t think it was possible My favorite quote from the play What reconciles me to my own deaththan anything else is the image of a place a place when your bones and mine are buried, thrown, uncovered together They are strewn there pell mell One of your ribs leans against my skull A metacarpal of my left hand lies inside your pelvis Against my broken ribs your breast like a flower The hundred bones of our feet are scattered like gravel It is strange that this image is our proximity, concerning as it does mere phosphate of calcium, should bestow a sense of peace Yet it does With you I can imagine a place where to be phosphate of calcium is enough RuthThis I saw the production at the Barbican in 2007, and while it wasn t my favorite play I ve ever seen, it stayed with me nonetheless Especially the scenes with Al on the phone with Barbara I remember being so charmed by the relationship between a character onstage and a character presented only as a voiceover I m glad I found a copy of the script so I can revisit it over 10 years later It s a beautiful balance of mathematics, art, philosophy, string theory, and romance I recommend you check it out

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