Friday, August 11, 2017

53 (2017-2018): Review: A PARALLELOGRAM (seen August 8, 2017)

"The Bees and Birds"




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1 comment:

  1. I would add to your comments the following: The thesis, as far as I can tell, is that life is without purpose & therefore futile. The one possible mitigation is that Bee might have brain cancer. I had no problem with the play’s nihilism and cynicism. But I would have been more moved if the actions proved the thesis rather than illustrated it as faits accomplis. Pertinent questions were not raised or addressed—e.g., why do people try to have a purpose in life in a harsh and indifferent universe even if they know life is futile? Is it really true that we’ll be forgotten and future people will forget events like 9-11? I’d have canned the fourth-wall-breaking monologues of Bee 2-4. Coincidentally, an opinion piece entitled "The Universe Doesn’t Care About Your Purpose" by Joseph Carter appeared the day after I saw the play. It’s worth reading as it discusses issues that, had the play addressed them, would have made it a richer experience. Here is a link:
    See https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/31/opinion/the-universe-doesnt-care-about-your-purpose.html?action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=opinion-c-col-left-region&region=opinion-c-col-left-region&WT.nav=opinion-c-col-left-region

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