May 4, 2005

Who Knew Dying Could Be So Witty?

I really hate to say this, but I thought Wit by Margaret Edson was sort of, oh, witty. It is, on the surface, a sad story about the death of a brilliant professor, Vivian. Yet within that story there a sort of humor (I'm not talking laugh-until-you-cry sort of humor. More of the subtle smile sort) as this strong woman realizes that her death is near. Her sarcasm makes the play more than just another sob-story.

I would enjoy seeing this play performed. The sarcastic humor and strong literary references might throw some of the audience for a loop, something I'd love to watch. As Vivian speaks directly to the audience (something I liked, because it is so different) I can imagine half the audience literally go, "What? Who the Hell is she talking to?" Maybe there should be a disclaimer on the play- Warning: this play contains literary references and subtle humor. If you don't think you'll get it, just leave now. Thank you and enjoy the show.

Posted by VanessaKolberg at May 4, 2005 8:29 AM | TrackBack

I, too, loved the way that Vivian spoke directly to the audience, but mostly because it gave the play a much more personal touch; that made it easier for me. However, if I were watching the play being performed, I'd probably be one of those clueless people you mentioned.

Posted by: ChrisU at May 4, 2005 12:39 PM

Yeah talking to the audience isn't something you see in all plays. It was very different and orginal. I like it because it seems to brings the audience into the play with the characters. I would like to see this play performed also. I think I would enjoy it more than I enjoyed reading this play.

Posted by: Ashley at May 4, 2005 6:23 PM

No Chris, I bet you'd understand it. It would take some getting used to though. I like how the play is more unusual than a typical drama. Spices things up a bit.

I noticed that because "Wit" is a bit more unconventional, people were not as confused by the text. Others had a hard time reading "Death of a Salesman" because of the flashbacks/hallucinations. Yet in this play, which includes flashbacks and direct contact with the audience, everyone more or less understood the story.

Posted by: Nessa at May 4, 2005 9:25 PM
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