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aka Mycroft
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posted 22 December 2006 11:57 AM      Profile for aka Mycroft     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
The Canadian Stage Company has scrapped plans to stage the controversial play "My name is Rachel Corrie"

Theatre scraps play on Mideast 'martyr'


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posted 22 December 2006 12:01 PM      Profile for 'lance     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
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Bragg's version: When he read the script (based on Corrie's journals) he had an emotional reaction and was "absolutely reduced to tears" as he told the Star's Richard Ouzounian five weeks ago. But later when he went to see it on stage at the Minetta Lane Theatre in New York's Greenwich Village (where it recently closed) it fell flat. The theatre was half-empty, and there was no standing ovation at the end. "The truth is it just didn't seem as powerful on stage as it did on the page and the audience wasn't buying it."

I don't see why we should buy that. It'd be a poor artistic director who couldn't see the difference between a powerful script, and a production which failed to bring this to life.

And besides -- "no standing ovation"? So what?

[ 22 December 2006: Message edited by: 'lance ]


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posted 22 December 2006 01:57 PM      Profile for laine lowe     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
What lack of courage

Where are the "freedom of expression/speech" crusaders when it really counts!?!?!?


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posted 22 December 2006 03:01 PM      Profile for Khimia     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Maybe it is just a poor Play.
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'lance
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posted 22 December 2006 03:29 PM      Profile for 'lance     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
John Lahr in the New Yorker didn't think so, calling it "riveting".
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Jacob Two-Two
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posted 22 December 2006 03:39 PM      Profile for Jacob Two-Two     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I'd like to see that.
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posted 22 December 2006 08:24 PM      Profile for arborman     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Well, it is certainly possible for topical and well intentioned works of art to unintentionally suck.

I'd like to see it too, but given my experience with political plays, I might regret it. There are gems, but there are many truly overwrought stinkers.

I have no idea about this play specifically, but cancelling a stinker is not necessarily a lack of courage.


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posted 25 December 2006 12:41 AM      Profile for what'sleft?     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I don't buy CanStage's explanation. Just reading some of Rachel's e-mails gives me chills, hearing them read theatrically even more so. Never saw the full play but can only imagine it's along the same lines. Variety mentions a possible different explanation.
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posted 25 December 2006 01:07 AM      Profile for Socrates   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
The play does not suck and has been put on to great reception across Canada. In fact the lad you all love to hate (Performance Anxiety) was instrumental in a montreal staging.

However, the mainstream media has totally blacked it out wherever it has been performed and this decision reeks of funders or other controlling interests leaning on the artistic side of the operation to shut down this play (as all expressions/stories which paint Palestinians as anything other than insane terrorists or Israel as anything other than a saint are shut out)

I've been involved in theatre for years and have never heard of an AD loving a script but changing their mind after seeing a performance.

As 'lance pointed out, if you hate a production you do things differently/better. Every egotistical artist believes they can outdo others and no one would drop a script they loved because of a poor performance by another troupe.

LIAR! Selling out the poor girl's memory, he should be ashamed.


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posted 25 December 2006 09:49 AM      Profile for laine lowe     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
As for it being political and thus less entertaining, I disagree. One of the best theatre productions in recent time was very political, powerful and riveting: Angels in America.

And let's not forget the genius of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weil's Three Penny Opera.

Harold Pinter is no slouch either when it comes to writing political plays. Nor is Lillian Hellman. Nor is Arthur Miller.

I think that the Artistic Director of CanStage simply lacked courage. Maybe if we're lucky, HBO will fund a film adaptation of the play.


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