Thursday, January 26, 2006
A Moon for the Misbegotten
Last night DH and I went to see A Moon for the Misbegotten by Eugene O'Neill. It was the last play he wrote and apparently written as a coda to his most famous work A Long Day's Journey into Night. I believe the works are both based on the life of his alcoholic brother. It was excellently preformed by a cast of four people, and the leading lady was on stage for 2 hours with enough dialogue to confuse a priest.
Anyway, the play got me thinking about theatre as opposed to novels and how theatre relies on nothing but the dialogue (and the odd facial expression) to tell the story.
The props in this play were a chair, stick, pretend rock, and some stairs. Nothing else.
In our books we use descriptive details (maybe too much in some cases, cough), narrative & dialogue to tell our story, but on a stage all the internalization and all the interaction is essentially dialogue. I like to think I'm pretty good at making the dialogue between my characters realistic, but maybe I need to try and add a little more depth to it--see if I can get in another layer of meaning.
Another special thing about last night was it was a gift from our friends Ted & Deanna. Everything from babysitting to tickets, to the leading lady (their daughter Stefanie) was from them and I can't thank them enough. What a great gift :)