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 Posted: Mon Jun 8th, 2015 01:05 am
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Michael,

It was my pleasure.

RE: the ending. I would not describe the current ending of your play in ANY way as "an Upper!"

The final scene was quite touching. And painful. Apologies about betrayal and misunderstandings can be just - and even more painful and electrifying than - the betrayal or offense. An acceptance of rapprochement/reconciliation does not mean the suffering is over by any means. And the simple, final word uttered by JOE packed a lot of wallop to me.

Just try playing around with your ideas. This is a first draft…and a very good one.

RE: Happy Endings: The phrase, "Always leave them smiling" is a bunch of B.S.

The most memorable productions of plays I have ever seen…the ones that linger…that haunt…are the ones that have devastated me:

That Championship Season, All My Sons, Torch Song Trilogy, Little Foxes, A Streetcar Named Desire , Death Of A Salesman, King Lear, Romeo and Juliet, A Delicate Balance (Shout out to edd on that one!) Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, The Glass Menagerie, Philadelphia, Here I Come, Juno and the Paycock, The Caretaker, Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Our Town, Everything I ever saw created by Spalding Gray, everything I ever saw by August Wilson. And, of course, many others.

I love great comedies. Even some mediocre ones can be fun when well-performed.
But, there is nothing more insufferable than a tragedy poorly performed. It would be like listening to a piano concerto with only 70 working keys! That would be a great type of eternal kind of hell for a nasty Theatre Critic!

To me, your play has a Tragi-Comedy tone to it. Your play is as sad as it is funny and at times hilarious and crushing.

With all that said, again, try different things and see how you feel about it.

Best,

IMR