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[Mar. 25th, 2007|10:05 am]
I would prefer not to
I'm seeing a stage adaptation of "Bartleby the Scrivener" today.

I'll be thinking of wouldprefernot2.

We all miss you, pal. Don't worry, if the show sucks, I'll tear them a new one.

[User Picture]From: purejuice
2007-03-25 03:19 pm (UTC)
i've been dipping in billy budd lately, which is of the same era as BB, and in the same crappy paperback volume. incredible, incredibly good, totally modern, please enjoy for all of us.
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From: oblomova
2007-03-27 12:36 am (UTC)
Yeah, the show was a little disappointing. I think the director figured out that Bartleby was a precursor for Beckett's tramps and then decided that gave him license to throw in a lot of vaudeville/clown bits. Some of which worked, a lot of which didn't, and none of which actually made the text any better.

But the guy who played Bartleby was pretty good.

I've never seen the Benjamin Britten opera version of Billy Budd and really want to someday.
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[User Picture]From: purejuice
2007-03-27 12:39 am (UTC)
bartleby lightened with absurdist pratfalls. ouf.
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From: oblomova
2007-03-27 12:48 am (UTC)
Yeah, it got annoying and precious after a while. Especially because, as another critical colleague of mine pointed out, Nippers and Turkey are kind of insane enough on their own, so why not just focus on them? They were there, but underutilized compared to the cloying clown duo.
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