Well, I've directed a couple of them, and
my experience is that they can really come alive if one wants them to.
It was no accident that TCP was a top hit on Broadway and Shaftesbury
avenue at the same time. If memory serves, that was a first in dramatic
Some people take TCP seriously. It is meant to be a satire on psychological
If it is played that way it can be very entertaining.
Eliot also liked ritual very much. If one keeps that in mind in terms
of stage/blocking design, one can add an extra, rich texture to the
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From: Diana Manister
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Sent: Tuesday, April 08, 2008 6:33 AM
Subject: Re: UPADHAMMAM SAMUPPADA
Peter, closet drama reads better than it plays. That's how I would
characterize Eliot's dramas.
> From: Diana Manister
> Eliot's characters have always seemed like wooden ventriloquist dummies
> mouthing aspects of his ideology.
> Plays on paper are not plays. They have to be played to be plays.
> Most plays on paper seem very wooden to me. Students find them hard to
> relate to as well.
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