08 May, 2009

"Cliché Watch: Dead Relatives Onstage"

The New Colony Blog:

"Now a lot of these plays are very good: In the past year at Stage Left, we’ve looked at two separate, wonderful scripts which feature the central character talking to his dead brother. But far more frequently, it’s just a lazy way for playwrights to drop gigantic chunks of family exposition onstage. Did the central character have some sort of terrible unresolved conflict with her mother? Put the mother onstage still criticizing and undermining. Does a father feel guilty about how he treated his daughter? Why not give her a song?"

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