Wednesday, April 14, 2010
I enjoyed the way this play was structured, and Edson's unique use of time and perception made this play intriguing. In the present, the clock for Vivian's life is ticking, in a forward motion- a drawing toward death, while she also takes the audience back in time...connecting specific memories 'flashbacks' to the intense concluding days of her life. Vivian's 'speaking to' the audience is also very moving, as it shows her personality connecting with an audience, connecting with humanity- something she easily avoided with her highly intellectual ambition and focus for most of the years of her life. Vivian's intellectual and cynical persona is a flavorful theme, seeing as death is such a vulnerable encounter. Vivian learned more in the time she was dying than she had in her entire life. in this time she grasped the meaning of the poetry she had studied for so long, seeing the work with a deeper meaning; beyond the boundaries of academia- unto spirutality and transcendence.