This is one of the few plays I've ever read. Plays often get the short end of the attention stick when it comes to the Creative Writing department, and I'm glad to see that we have Anna in the Tropics and Wit. Unfortunately, I've never read Anna Karenina, but the parts they did have read out loud in the play I noticed correlated with the story line, and I knew enough of Anna Karenina and its crazy love triangles. I didn't really like the character Cheche, he seemed to obvious of a bad guy, and perhaps that's just personal taste. The only time he really seemed human was when he was trying to persuade the workers to accept the new machine, to bring in modernity.
The clash between traditional and modern ideals, the romance and other social undertones of the play made it overall a very enjoyable work for me.
Kate: I agree, I thought it was really interesting to see how much the novel was affecting their personal lives. Had it not been for that novel specifically, would Conchita have had that affair with Juan Julian?
BRent Hutchinson: "Hot and cold" is the perfect way to describe the novel--the cold and calculated language of Tolstoy mixed with Cruz's very passionate voice, a voice much like Juan Julian's.
aliset: Your poem really captures the mood portrayed by Marela. She seemed to float above her duties and life and observe, much like the dew you described.