Metablogging: Drama Daily’s 2009 Recap

Metablogging: Drama Daily’s 2009 Recap

As 2009 draws to a close, it’s time to reflect on the plays and topics Drama Daily has covered and what lies ahead for this theatre blog.  Since its inception last March, this blog has discussed and/or reviewed approximately 40 plays, which are listed below in ABC order by author’s last name.  (To find posts on a particular play, use the search engine box at the bottom of the right sidebar.)

The initial impulse behind Drama, Daily is contained in the term ‘metadrama’: the idea Jacques espouses in Shakespeare’s As You Like It, which emphasizes the real life relevance of drama and the often dramatic nature of everyday life.  I sought a way to write in one place about (1) the plays I have read, taught, attended, and/or reviewed; (2) issues, themes,&  trends in contemporary theatre; and (3) dramatic events in my own life, most notably, the loss of my sister, Ginger, to colon cancer last October.  I also wanted to establish a valid and valuable relationship with others in the industry and in the Internet theatrosphere.  I am happy to say that Drama Daily has afforded me the opportunity to do all of these things.  Reading and joining in conversations at Kul, Parabasis, SouthfloridatheatresceneTarhearted and more has reinvigorated my core commitment to the theatre.

Over the past 10 months, Drama Daily’s focus has started to take further shape: it has become acutely concerned with gender and sexual politics in the theatre, women in contemporary theatre, and regional/Florida theatre.  This blog will continue to be first and foremost a theatre blog, but it is worth noting that it has also addressed a range of topics beyond theatre, including other types of literature, film, music, feminist issues, death and grieving, social injustices, and politics.

Thank you from the bottom of my pea-picking heart for reading!

Here’s to a bold, bountiful, and dramatic 2010!


Contemporary Plays Discussed/Reviewed

Or, by Liz Duffy Adams

Crumble (Lay Me Down, Justin Timberlake) by Sheila Callaghan

Up (2009) by Bridget Carpenter

Naked Women Fully Clothed by Genie Croft, et al

Becky Shaw by Gina Gionfriddo

Blasted by Sarah Kane

Phaedre’s Love by Sarah Kane

Bad Dates by Theresa Rebeck

The God of Carnage by Yasmina Reza

Anon (2009) by Kate Robin

The Clean House by Sarah Ruhl

Late: A Cowboy Song by Sarah Ruhl

Melancholy Play by Sarah Ruhl

In the Next Room; or the vibrator play by Sarah Ruhl

How I Learned to Drive by Paula Vogel

The Mineola Twins by Paula Vogel

Early Modern & ‘Classic’ Plays Analyzed/Reviewed

The Forc’d Marriage by Aphra Behn

The Amorous Prince by Aphra Behn

The Dutch Lover by Aphra Behn

A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen

The Tragedy of Mariam (1613) by Elizabeth Cary

Dr. Faustus (1592) by Christopher Marlowe

As You Like It by William Shakespeare

Antony and Cleopatra by William Shakespeare

Macbeth by William Shakespeare

Othello by William Shakespeare

Hamlet by William Shakespeare

King Lear by William Shakespeare

Pericles (1608-9) by William Shakespeare

Cymbeline (1609-10) by William Shakespeare

The Lulu Plays by Frank Wedekind adapted by Nicholas Wright

5 Responses to “Metablogging: Drama Daily’s 2009 Recap”
  1. Josh says:

    I’m working through the complete works of Sarah Kane now. Call me crazy (my plays are what might have happened if Sarah was less talented and wrote comedies) but her plays strike me as kind of… well… campy. Which is not to say that aren’t affecting. They are, and deeply so. Still, they are WAY over the top. Read with a different frame of mind, they could easily be mistaken for a John Waters movie.

  2. CL Jahn says:

    Thanks for elevating the dialogue!

  3. Esther says:

    A local theatre is doing Sarah Kane’s “4:48 Psychosis” next month and I’m kind of on the fence about seeing it. Knowing what happened to her, and that the play is about her mental illness, I’d almost feel like a voyeur watching it. I think it would be different if it were a fictional story. But I just feel uneasy listening to the thoughts of someone in the throes of depression, just before she killed herself.

  4. nstodard says:


    I understand where you are coming from, but I don’t know that I’d let it deter you from going to see the show. With the 10 year anniversary of her death being so recent, her work is getting staged a lot right now…this may not be the case down the road, and you may not have the opportunity again. Also, because there is to this day so much mystery and misconception even surrounding mental illness, I think of “4.48 Psychosis” as a gift, albeit a disturbing one. And while it’s personal, she was not alone in what she suffered from.

    There are moments dispersed throughout all of Kane’s plays that, in hindsight, foreshadow her own death. The character Robin in “Cleansed” is essentially assisted in a suicide by hanging. I’ve paused in sadness and discomfort every time I’ve experienced such moments while reading. (I’ll finally see my first Kane play in February–Gable Stage in Miami is staging “Blasted.”)

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