Thursday, April 15, 2010


It's funny, at first it seemed to me like Edson's play was not particularly emotional. The filters she uses to analyze her experience (medical terminology and Donne) seemed to be a tool that the character Vivian used to escape the intensity of her experience. The more I read, though the more I realized how effective this actually was. It shows that Vivian is dealing with emotions that are so difficult to manage that she has to find other languages to talk about them; to distance herself further from the experience of being terminally ill and alone throughout it all. I really liked the scenes where she speaks over the doctors. I also really liked the stage direction. I really want to see this play in real life.

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