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June 13, 2011


It's been a while since I've popped in but I can't resist a good list!
So I'm not in the habit of reading plays but what caught my eye was The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds. I had no idea that Paul Zindel wrote plays and now, having read his bio, it seems he started out with Gamma and then started writing YA. Crazy. I was frightened and intrigued by the Pigman when I was in junior high.

Am I seeing a nod to Beatrix Potter in the Gamma play or am I reading too much into the Beatrice, a rabbit named Peter, etc?

Anyway, not to highjack your post in the comments--although that's what I'm about to do, sorry--but have you seen Sarah Ruhl's Eurydice (retelling of the Greek myth about Orpheus and his wife, Eurydice)? I saw it at the Berkeley Rep a few years back and I still can't shake the feeling it gave me. It might be a slight exaggeration but Eurydice was a visually stunning, emotionally charged (how do you like them buzz words? :P) play that has yet to be matched.
You shoulda seen the set. There was water running over blue tiles, which, gave the theater a dazzling-cave-off-a-tropical-island feel.
And really, it's the impossible situation that Ruhl created where Eurydice had to choose between Orpheus/earth and her father/Hades, augh. Let's just say that there weren't many dry eyes in the house.
Of course this is when I find out that I missed the Boston showing by a month and a half. Drat!!!

oh, doubt was on tv the other night, and i have the last half hour of it to watch still because we had to leave...i'd love to read the play! thanks for posting these lists.

@Gina: It's crazy, right? I always wondered why he never wrote more plays, since this one is so amazing. The Beatrix Potter thing never occurred to me and I feel like I want to re-read it and see if your take works -- I kinda like the idea that it might be a dark reference to that. And your Eurydice performance sounds AMAZING. I only know that play from the page. You make me hungry for performance....

@Chelsea I would LOVE to see the film. Especially because it is such a spare, concise play, I wonder how they fleshed out the story for a full-length movie. And I have a feeling that PSH is PERFECT as the priest ...

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