Choice and context

July 14, 2011 Comments Off on Choice and context

I know I declared an end to the season and swore off theater for at least a few months, but my parents insisted that Joe and I see The Motherf*cker With the Hat, which we did last night. The play exceeded my expectations and ended up being one of the best we saw this season, taking third or fourth place after Tony Kushner’s Angels and Intelligent Homosexual. Last nights performance got me thinking about addiction, the limitations of change, and the difficulty in extracting ourselves from social pressures. Should a person have to be lonely in order to live a good life? Although my own vices are not necessarily shared with the characters in Motherf*cker, I have been living caffeine, alcohol, and drug-free for the past two months, and my perspective has shifted. I notice other people’s reliance on substances for mood management and ease much more now that I am living without. But that’s not really the point of the play. The big question is about choice and context: Considering who I am, what choices do I have? Although the acting wasn’t perfect and at times the play relied on slapstick more than necessary, I’m glad we had the opportunity to truly end our theater season with a challenging and impressive play.


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