9 Feb

I miss melodrama. I miss the blood and the fainting and the wonderfully fake gestures, and being able to dismiss the emotional trajectory which is whole-heartedly committed to serving a creaky and pre-ordained plot. I often feel that the American theatre is melodrama in disguise— emotionally and plot wise, it’s as creaky and predictable and flatly unbelievable as melodrama, but with none of the joyous embrace of tacky stage tricks (“Susan and Richard are happily married in Manhattan, when a Middle Eastern stranger intrudes on their marriage and changes their lives forever. They must choose between…” blah blah blah synopsis-speak).

This is the worst of naturalism, whose impulse was radical— it’s as if melodrama were uncomfortably squeezed into the severe corset of naturalism, to the detriment of both.

Or maybe I’m just having a bad day.


One Response to “Melodrama”

  1. Rick Massimo February 9, 2007 at 9:53 pm #


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