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Peter, I really shouldn't dismiss TCP as closet drama if I haven't seen it staged well. My bad! Diana

> Date: Wed, 9 Apr 2008 16:56:22 -0700
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> Subject: Re: UPADHAMMAM SAMUPPADA
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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.
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> 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
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> 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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