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"Translations" is set in English-occupied rural Ireland, and concerns:

a) a project to create an accurate map of Ireland complete with English place-names (the Ordinance Survey),
b) the soliders here to carry out this task,
c) some inhabitants of a village they've come to rename, and
d) a romance and a family which uneasily span and occupy both aforementioned categories of participation.

It is elegant and quick. While it says nothing hugely world-view changing* if you've already considered the topic in any depth, it might successfully introduce the issues to younger students. With capable grace, this play--in a manner befitting its theme--maps out the unplottable, shifting territory of language/education and colonization, of resistance and collaboration, progress/globalizing loss of identity versus tradition/limitation of opportunity, and of class/gender in that context. It is a readily comprehensible, beautiful play.

The ending is frustratingly ambiguous and feels unfinished--not so much because nothing is resolved, but because it feels abrupt and anti-climactic. Perhaps for that reason I wouldn't specially select it to give to a playwrighting friend. Even so, I would recommend it to anyone with a special interest in Ireland and Irish literature, teacher-friends, or anyone interested in cultural linguistics--not because it would present them with fresh intellectual challenge, but because it is a sound, lovely encapsulation of good ideas on the topics.

* Though perhaps, in 1980 when it was written, it had more immediate theoretical resonance?
 Esp. re: then-contemporary Northern Ireland?
x_los: (Daleks Venerate Shakespeare.)
Next to Normal is as viscerally affecting as it is uncommercial; I have no idea how or why it’s on Broadway proper (which you’re supposed to be able to take your visiting cousins from Kansas who are religious and easily offended to), but here it is, with its dozens of uses of fuck, and it is excellent. And terrible. If you have mental illness/depression issues, I almost /don’t/ recommend seeing it, because as good as it is I straight up went through 10+ tissues and sobbed silently and violently from what must have been the third scene almost straight through.

You've got a feelin'--it's electroshock! Boogie woogie woogie woo woo... )
x_los: (Daleks Venerate Shakespeare.)
Next to Normal is as viscerally affecting as it is uncommercial; I have no idea how or why it’s on Broadway proper (which you’re supposed to be able to take your visiting cousins from Kansas who are religious and easily offended to), but here it is, with its dozens of uses of fuck, and it is excellent. And terrible. If you have mental illness/depression issues, I almost /don’t/ recommend seeing it, because as good as it is I straight up went through 10+ tissues and sobbed silently and violently from what must have been the third scene almost straight through.

You've got a feelin'--it's electroshock! Boogie woogie woogie woo woo... )
x_los: (Rani doesn't care)
fuckfuckfuck. The ONE person I didn't want to deal with in the history department is who I have to go through according to most recent email. (Well, one of two people, tbh.) GodDAMMIT.

Ah well.

Something Old and Something New )
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fuckfuckfuck. The ONE person I didn't want to deal with in the history department is who I have to go through according to most recent email. (Well, one of two people, tbh.) GodDAMMIT.

Ah well.

Something Old and Something New )

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