Tag Archives: Linguistic Experiments: Theater

On an Interview Regarding Review Week

Interviewer: Today we’ll be talking with Andrew Kozma of the blog An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump.  This past week his blog has caught national attention through his in-depth analysis and coverage of reviews, as well as … Continue reading

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On My Fascination With Ionesco

I don’t really know why I love Ionesco so much.  I think much of my admiration-fascination-obsession with him as a playwright comes from him being my first real exposure to absurdism in the theater. Along with all the creative writing … Continue reading

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On Comedy and Drama

Did I ever tell you why I started writing comedies? [No. And Probably for good reason. –ed.] I started writing comedies because you receive an instantaneous ballot on whether or not they are successful.  A joke flies or falls flat … Continue reading

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And Now A Word From Our Sponsors

It’s amazing both how little the arts are supported in the U.S. and how much they are supported, a contradiction that I, in the following slew of words, will attempt to elucidate. Sometimes it seems that to make it in … Continue reading

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On Being Late For A Very Important Date

Namely, this one, that I’m postdating this essay to.  Yes, oh yes, I posted this essay yesterday, didn’t you notice?  I mean, I posted it today.  Today! Don’t you argue with me! Do you want to know what I’ve been … Continue reading

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On Fun and Fundraising

Tonight Theater 42 will be the star of Spacetaker’s Cultured Cocktails event at Boheme, a bar close to the intersection of Fairview and Taft.  The timeline states we’ll be there from five (5) to ten (10) peddling ourselves and our … Continue reading

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The Problem with Play as Performance (Part 2)

Tickets, please!  Quiet, please!  We are now resuming the performance already in progress. As you will remember, we had just arrived at the crux of the matter: When a play has never been performed, a playwright has only an educated … Continue reading

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The Problem with Play as Performance (Part 1)

Plays exist both on the page and on the stage [Please shoot me now. –ed.] and because of this, plays often change over the course of production.  Probably not in many of the plays you’ve read (especially if they’re Samuel … Continue reading

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On Dialogue (Reredux)

B: Today I’d like to talk about how dialogue often runs away with you.  As with many creative endeavors, you may find… (Beat.) Aren’t you going to interrupt? A: Should I?  If I may say so, I was rather interested. … Continue reading

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On Being Nineteen

It was a very good year.  It must’ve been, because, frankly, I don’t remember it at all. Did I mention that for “Oedipus and the Sphinx” I was playing nineteen? [Nineteen what? –ed.] I was playing a nineteen-year-old, and though … Continue reading

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