February 26th, 2004

Sea dragon

the day after the big presentation

I'm completely wiped today. I had a hard time getting to sleep last night, even though I laid around the house in a coma all evening after we came home and poked through various books. I've even got "Dr Fong Yick's Golden Phoenix Liniment" on to reduce the ache in my back. Bleagh.

Anyone have anything interesting to propose for Friday? We don't have any plans yet.

"1984" - I thought Empty Space did a good job with this piece. A friend and respected theater critic who attended the performance found it too literal and also took issue with the assertion that the play/novel was "so relevant to our current situation." Collapse )

At any rate, we agreed on the fact that the current administration is using war to distract people from their eroding civil liberties, and things in general feel like they're going down the toliet. I also very much feel that we're living in a time of extreme language manipulation - saying "protect" when you mean "attack," "terrorist" when you mean "political protester." So despite the fact that there was perhaps an actor or two less than needed in the cast (the main actor spent a lot of time talking to TVs - odd but worked very well) and the twenty-minute torture scene was pretty unpleasant to watch, I felt the show did a good job of capturing the dehumanization and desperation of a world in which you are watched all the time. (I also thought Orwell captured well the notion of controlling people's sexuality as a way to control society - long essay on this to follow.) I recommend this show - even if it's not perfect, the discussions it will generate are well worth the ticket price. It warms my heart that they are selling out the house, but what will it take for the rest of America to wake up and smell the coffee?
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    "Logbook of the Sea of Cortez" - Steinbeck
Sea dragon

Back from the William Saroyan play

"In that time of your life, live - so that in that wondrous time you shall not add to the misery and sorrow of the world, but shall smile to the infinite delight and mystery of it." - William Saroyan

Just got back from seeing "The Time of your Life," a play by William Saroyan currently in production at the Seattle Rep. I saw the play a few years ago at Theater Schmeater, and I've become convinced that it is one of the best American plays of the 20th century. Of course, it's also a play that captures my personal philosophy - that since this life is all we get, we need to make the best of it, to find joy where we can. Collapse ) A lovely play, and a nice tonic after "1984" - I haven't regained my faith in humanity yet, but I do feel justified in attempting to enjoy what little life we get to live.
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