Saturday, November 14, 2009

Act II

You've seen those flash mob things on YouTube where, for example, people in a train station will suddenly start doing precise choreography to "Do Re Mi"? Or the Black Eyed Peas thing for the opening of this season of Oprah? Or even the wedding party that dances down the aisle?

Those are all very random and nice but this crazy play that started last weekend seems to be trading on that phenomenon, only without the wit or charm. I'm all for avant garde theater but this is getting ridiculous.

Today, out of no where, I was suddenly in the middle of Act II, Scene 1 of "NO ONE UNDERSTANDS ME!" and it was all to do with the reasons why the main character is failing to meet her obligations, except all the reasons one way and another have to do with the mother in the piece. But the thing is that the mother basically can't win because if she takes an interest she's accused of smothering the child but if she leaves the child well alone she's accused of neglecting her. Once again the illogic of the piece left me completely baffled and wondering why they don't sell drinks in the lobby.

Oh. Wait. They do. Thank God.

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Blogger Cliff O'Neill opined...

Quick question: Have you ever seen the episode of The Odd Couple where the guys go to see an experimental production called "The Bathtub?"

This made me think about that.

"I am wrapped in a towel of indifference."

November 14, 2009 7:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous opined...

Ba Ha Ha Ha

"The whole world is a stage."



November 14, 2009 11:57 PM  
Blogger Willym opined...

Sounds modern but the plot is as old as Greek drama. A bit of your old Clytemnestra-Electra going on - except in this case the mother is being driven mad!

November 15, 2009 12:22 AM  
Blogger Bad Alice opined...

was it any better after the drinks?

November 15, 2009 9:11 AM  
Blogger Lorraine opined...

LOL, Cliffie!

And all the mommies merely players, Anonyba.

The foreshadowing certainly suggests that, Wills.

Mmmmm, lemon drops.....

November 15, 2009 10:14 AM  
Blogger Sling opined...

Sell her to the Gypsies,and buy yourself something pretty!..I don't see any other way out.

November 15, 2009 12:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous opined...

I suspect they'll all live happily ever after in the end. Most audiences don't like it any other way.

Wait-- Stephen King didn't write this, did he?

November 15, 2009 4:06 PM  
Blogger Jon opined...

There's a huge, long line of mothers waiting to get drinks during intermission. I doubt they'll have time to serve everyone.

November 16, 2009 5:37 AM  
Blogger Lorraine opined...

I like the way you think, Sling.

I sure hope not, JP. Let me check the program...

Jon, a) welcome and 2) I'm going to elbow those bitches out of the way. I'm on a mission.

November 16, 2009 7:07 PM  

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