Watching A Disappearing Number in Theater

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I went to see A Disappearing Number at the theater, performed by Complicite and directed by Simon McBurney. The production successfully blended maths and romance, and incorporated the past and present together. The scene changes were the most successful aspect of the performance, particularly the rotation of the blackboard center stage, which allowed actors to enter and exit the stage. Although it didn't fit at first, it became effective as the play progressed and the acting style became more non-naturalistic. Screens were also used to alternate between scenes of Ramanujan in India and G.H Hardy in Cambridge. The use of imagery was key in the final scene, where Al lets go of the past and moves on. The sand poured out by each character symbolized the passing of time and connected the past and present, which was the key to the whole play.

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