Category Archives: Drama

Police at the Funeral

A country house. A missing man. A family with secrets. A dead body. An amateur investigator. All the ingredients of your basic Golden Age murder mystery. Published in 1931, Margery Allingham’s fourth Albert Campion novel, Police at the Funeral, is … Continue reading

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Sleep No More (live theatrical experience)

Last week I dreamt I went to Manderley again. Okay, well, it wasn’t again. It was my first time. And it wasn’t a dream, although it sure felt like one, like a weird meandering dream filled with meaningful images that … Continue reading

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Jenny Kissed Me

Jenny kissed me when we met, Jumping from the chair she sat in; Time, you thief, who love to get Sweets into your list, put that in! Say I’m weary, say I’m sad, Say that health and wealth have missed … Continue reading

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The Fisher King (Le roi pêcheur)

For an author with so much stature, Julien Gracq led a quiet life. He was thoroughly disillusioned with most of the literary movements, schools of thought, and politics of his time: he handed back his Parti Communiste membership card after the … Continue reading

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The Oresteia

This trilogy of sixth-century plays by Aeschylus — Agamemnon, The Libation Bearers, and The Eumenides – traces part of a longer, grimmer family history. These three plays, at first glance, are about the murder of Agamemnon by his wife Clytaemnestra, and then their son … Continue reading

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The Cherry Orchard

The Cherry Orchard was Anton Chekhov’s last play, written just before he died of tuberculosis at the age of 44. Chekhov is perhaps known best for his short stories, but his four major plays (The Seagull, Uncle Vanya, The Three … Continue reading

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The Night of the Iguana

When I wrote last month about my love of theatre and the fact that I’ve gotten out of the habit of reading plays, relying instead on seeing them, Frances encouraged me to join in on a shared read of The … Continue reading

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