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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
production.

Some people take TCP seriously. It is meant to be a satire on psychological
culture.
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
performance.

Cheers,
Peter
----- Original Message ----- 
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.

Diana

> 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.
>
> P.




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