{April 21, 2007}   The Rover

Alright I’m undecided about this one. On the one hand, all of the characters have a great deal of strength, on the other, Willmore tells Florinda that she’s asking to be raped by having pretty eyes. Good points of this play were Hellena of course, Angellica to a lesser degree, Belvile, and kind of Pedro. Oh and Blunt because he’s too funny to be left out. Hellena enchanted me in the strength she displayed by going against her father and brother’s orders, by pursuing Willmore, and by wrapping him around her little finger. She was also very frustrating however as she falls so nicely into the madonna/whore category by forsaking the vocation of a Nun and, to her brother, Heaven, in order to go about in men’s clothing and jump into bed with a debauched rake! Florinda was more appealing in this respect but she still excused Willmore’s repeated rape attempts and he shouldn’t have gotten off with an “OhYou!” At the very least, Belvile should have given him a few good punches. I liked Don Pedro both for his name and for the way he just easily accepts everything at the end of it. He starts to get angry but in the end just shrugs his shoulders and celebrates. Blunt was kind of annoying with his constant “Shearlikins” but after crawling around half-naked and cursing the Spanish Habit and his tempered hatred of women (not sure why I find that funny) he’s too funny to be hated. I think that overall I like this play.  It has it’s bad parts yes but I think one of the big reasons that I’m upset about Willmore and Florinda  and Hellena is that a woman wrote it. It’s expected of the men because of the times and so on and so forth but that she would betray her own kind that way is infuriating. So I’ll just go with the idea that the play fell from the sky and its author is unknown and like it. 🙂

{April 21, 2007}   Alas Amalthea

Better late than never, here is my blog on Dryden’s tragicomedy. I adored Doralice and Melantha, though Melantha was as annoying as she was funny… similar to poor mrs. Pinchwife in The CountryWife, at least the actress portraying her. I was disappointed that the lengthy build-up of Doralice and Palamede was easily cut short by determining that since he had a wet dream about Melantha and Rodphil likes her, he might as well stick with his wife and desperately loves her. I still hope that if she happens to outlive Rodophil and he happens to outlive Melantha, they’ll get together. 🙂 And Palamede was so much better than Rodophil! Yes, he was false and thought more with his nether regions than his brain but Rodophil was the one that was malicious about his affair, as when he convinced Melantha, dressed as a boy, to stay and flirt in front of Palamede because it was fun to cheat him right in front of him without him knowing. Did Palamede do this? No! And as for the other young gallant who falls into the tragic portion of the play, Leonidas was sweet if a bit melodramatic. If he was a girl, he’d be the type to burst into tears when he got a run in his hose. But that’s beside the point, Palmyra did very little to deserve him. The entire time that he’s a prince she’s going on and on about how much he deserves it and if she were a princess and he a peasant she would refuse to give him up as well. Lies! The second she gets a chance she chooses glory over love and the one time that she decides to betray the loyalty she feels she owes her usupring parent of a day, she swoons! She can’t even announce that Leonidas is the rightful king or actively betray him but has to faint and be carried off. And then poor Amalthea is left to a convent where she’ll pray only of him. she made me not like him. He knows that she loves him and clearly she is more deserving as she was willing to forsake her fortune and potentially her life by helping him while Palmyra wouldn’t even ask for him to stay in court. I liked tha play quite a bit overall though. Another good option for next year’s play! 🙂

{March 23, 2007}   A Bold Strike For a Wife

This is completely my favorite play that we’ve done so far. Though Helena was more interesting than Lovely, the Colonel more than made up for that. As did Modelove! 🙂 Granted I am biased as I made Modelove into a sock puppet but he’s so ridiculous that it’s wonderful. I really liked the blending of slightly bawdy comedy and a real storyline in this play. While in the other plays we’ve read thus far it seems that the comedy, when applicable, outshines the actual story and that makes it much harder to appreciate as anything other than a silly restoration play. In this play the comedy complimented the storyline more and was of a much higher level as well. I really do think that this would work well as a romantic comedy! If Colin Firth can do the Importance of Being Ernest than why can’t he do A Bold Strike for a Wife as well? 🙂

{March 23, 2007}   Glass Menagerie

As much as I might love Keith I hated him in this play! Not his fault, it was the character but how could he do such a thing to Laura/Emily? I loved it though. Granted I am partial to Tennesee Williams… everything that I’ve read of him thus far has been perfectly spellbinding. It’s always so haunting and touching and always so tragic. I’m wondering if the effect would remain if done in sock puppets however? 🙂 It was really well-done. Alex was amazing, as per usual, and Emily was as haunting as the play itself as Laura. Elizabeth did very well, that accent was amazing (and apparently the correct state as well). While this might not be my favorite Williams play as it was a touch predictable, I adored it. Even if Jim was an egocentric, selfish, whorish, bastard! I also don’t agree with the tidea that he truly came to care for Laura. He might have but it seemed to me that it’s more like his like of Tom. He liked her because in her eyes he was still as glorious as he was in high school and therefore didn’t actually like her.

{February 26, 2007}   Way of the World

Okay so I just remembered that I’m supposed to be posting on this every week as opposed to when I feel like writing since its an assignment, not just a blog. So I’ll just play some catch-up.

Way of the World – I can’t say I really liked this one. I like it even less after seeing the movie. I had liked the craziness of Lady Wishfort and how ridiculous her neice was but after seeing the actual staging of it I can’t see Lady Wishfort as anything but a pathetic character and I feel so bad for her. It’s easy to laugh at what she does but the actress playing her really did a good job of showing how she is very trusting and still believes herself beautiful and wishes to remain the same and is betrayed by her servants, her supposed friends, her relatives. I had smiled when reading the play when she tries to decide how she will be posed when she meets Sir Rowland for the first time but in the play it was almost heartbreaking. She thinks that a man is coming that is completely enamoured with her picture and will possibly marry her and its all false. And it was confusing to keep track of who likes who and wants to marry who or is already married to who but is having an affair with… I suppose that shouldn’t detract from the value of the play but I read it expecting pure bawdy comedic fun and it was a lot more than that.

{January 25, 2007}   The Country Wife

I found this play to be both entirely hilarious as well as rather depressing. While Horner’s masterplan of completely ruining his reputation as a man in order to ingratiate himself with women whom he would never before have been able to attain is gut-burstingly funny, the Mr. Pinchwife of the play was quite frightening in his obsessive need not to be cuckolded. The movie was entirely hilarious however and seemed to fit quite a bit better into the bawdiness of the Restoration than a simple victimized wife and a frightening tyrant. I also found it to be a welcome escape from Ulysses in its gaiety and frivolity. I also loved the absurdity of referring to Horner’s sexual ability as china… a bit conceited isn’t it? 🙂

{January 17, 2007}   Blog #1

Exciting title isn’t it? 🙂 I have just registered for the blog and am struck by how much Bridget Jones and like diary-style novels are popping into my head as I write. I’ve only started Marriage a la mode so I don’t have much to comment on that except that I’m curious to see if it bears any resemblance to the short story of the same name by Mansfield… I’m hoping it will be far less heart-breaking…  I know that this is supposed to be substantial but for now that’s all I have to say and I have a play rehearsal to go to (Script Happens, end of Feb!) so until next time


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