The Dead: Big Pink Elephants Not in the Room

The Dead: Big Pink Elephants Not in the Room I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: death is dramatic. I never imagined I would find Molly Ringwald’s name on a NYT byline, but it seems the death of John Hughes, the director whose films helped her rise to stardom, has allowed her another career … Continue reading

Trans-Atlantic Jukebox

Trans-Atlantic Jukebox Looks normal… I never do photo posts, but I could not resist this one. I ate breakfast today at a diner with tabletop jukeboxes, and  I, of course, could not resist playing it.  When I went to insert coins, I was tickled to see that I could get 1 selection for a quarter, … Continue reading

Experimentation vs. Convention in Dramatic Writing

Experimentation vs. Convention in Dramatic Writing I will always remember with nostalgic fondness my first encounter with experimental dramatists in Suzanne Westfall’s Modern Drama course during my undergrad studies at Lafayette.  Susan Glaspell’s Machinal, Luigi Pirandello’s Six Characters in Search of an Author, Alfred Jarry’s Ubu Roi, and August Strindberg’s Ghost Sonata were delicious counterpoints to my footings in Marlowe, Shakespeare, … Continue reading

Brevity is the Soul of Wits, Tweets and Twits

Brevity is the Soul of Wits, Tweets and Twits In Hamlet, it is Polonious who utters the famous and frequently quoted line, “Brevity is the soul of wit.”  While in the play this remark evokes ironic humor because it is only one line of many that Polonius spews during a sprawling, cautionary speech to his … Continue reading

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