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 There aren't that many people working in the theater who manage to receive a Tony award for best actor in a play and a Pulitzer for the best play, and in the same year!  The person who managed this feat is Tracy Letts, of course.  Whenever he is on stage, or whenever one of his biting plays is being staged, you can be sure to find me in the theater.

And, thus, last week I went to see his new play "Linda Vista".  The theater was kind enough to send me a cautionary email: full frontal nudity and frank depictions of sex.  Ha ha! I bought the tickets for the front row in the mezzanine to all the better have an unobstructed view.  Bring it on!

And Letts did not disappoint.  His play had sex aplenty, and it was frank alright, just like the rest of it.  As in: frank depiction of a middle-age white guy with all his infuriating deficiencies and endearing surprising decencies.  A frank depiction of a middle-aged single woman who is both needy and clingy, but also proud and sarcastic.  A frank depiction of a Vietnamese-American millennial - piercings, tattoos, language, morals, and all.

The dialogues are believable, extremely funny, at times poignant but never sentimental.  The characters are not easily defined, just like regular people.  And the message?  Well, there is really no message, and I loved that part the best.  I am so very tired of coming to the theater to be lectured, or preached to, or else...

And if you think that this is shallow, think again.  In every aspect of his play: the plot, the all-too-human characters, the true-to-life dialogue, the abundance of anti-heroes, the dark comedy and the lack of message Letts continues in the tradition of one Anton Pavlovich Chekhov.
Date: 2017-05-25 10:58 am (UTC)

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From: [personal profile] eta_ta
sound predictably rather masochistic than reflective. defensively vulnerable and biting, like a shabby rat in a corner.
I read about it in excellent Terry T. review (on my blogroll), and my thought was: nope, dude, I'm not going to pay for your striptease.

Date: 2017-05-26 11:17 am (UTC)

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From: [personal profile] eta_ta
Humor? ah, yes, that might be a redeeming thing. Jokes and fast pace save many miseries from boredom.

Still, why would I watch somebody else's sob story when I have my own?

Ah, no, that was not a sob story. It's not the self-effacing Woody Allen (whom I can't stand, btw). That is a crooked mirror for our educated "betters", for socialist benefactors, community organizers and losers with napoleonic ambiitons: hatred, anger and aggression, covered by humor and pretense of shared charity.

If this is Chekhov, he is revolting.

Edited Date: 2017-05-26 11:35 am (UTC)
Date: 2017-05-27 11:26 am (UTC)

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From: [personal profile] eta_ta
Yes, you could judge it firsthand - but that's not a valid objection, is it? If we can form opinions only on primate principle of "seeing is believing", we'd not be certain of anything we didn't see.
"Everybody is imperfect, some more than others" - people who've been to prison for murder for example, or arab terrorists. It's the kind of reasoning that leads to moral relativism - even if it stems from a benevolent acceptance of humanity.
Edited Date: 2017-05-27 11:27 am (UTC)
Date: 2017-05-25 02:41 pm (UTC)

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I've never heard of him, but after this review I'll be on the lookout for his plays.

Thank you!
Date: 2017-05-26 11:25 am (UTC)

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Didn't like the movie, despite of its star collective - because of the play beneath it.
Painting black the [supposedly Right] sorry bastards livin' in the sticks. Talks more of a state of mind of the playwright - and his lefty audience - than the "monsters" he tried to portray.

it's like that terribly fashionable Hamilton play: pack of aggressive "progressive" lies - but sold out for years ahead.
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