re: Spain at Second Stage-spoilers
Last Edit: pylades 12:09 pm EST 11/22/23
Posted by: pylades 12:08 pm EST 11/22/23
In reply to: re: Spain at Second Stage-spoilers - NeoAdamite 10:24 am EST 11/21/23

I caught SPAIN a couple of days ago, and couldn’t quite wrap my head around the first half — like THE MOORS, it has a specific setting and locale (America and sort-of Spain, the 1930s) but the language is intentionally out-of-time (it’s no spoiler that the male protagonist immediately announces that he *should* have a foreign accent, but doesn’t) and some of the staging gestures, also, at contemporary performance (even stand-up comedy). It’s only at the end that everything snaps into place, with a trenchant critique of politics and communication, then as now. I’m not sure it’s an immortal play, but I *have* been talking it up to friends since I saw it: it’s ultimately a play of ideas, and that’s generally my bag. It’ll be interesting to see what critics make of it when it opens next week.
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