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    Reader comments on A Lie of the Mind

    Subject: Re: Nothing Wrong With The Script
    Date: Oct 5, 2004
    Sender: RaquelPrevious | Next

    Hi, I'm a theatre arts student at Catawba College and as part of a Directing course we are to direct a scene from A Lie of the Mind. I'll admit the first time I read the play, I felt that it lacked something I needed to be fulfilled in reading it and thought that it was a bad play. Upon further investigation I realized that it was a good play that I just happened to not like. Perhaps what one is missing in first reading the play are the underlining issues of American life dealing with vicitimization. As a class each of us has taken the play apart, having different protagonists, antagonists and even dramatic actions. Each different combonation can tel something different about the play and the message it sends to audiences. Now I admit I did not see this version of the play performed but perhaps your differences of opinnion on how well the play is written is based on your experience with the play and not on Sam Shepard's actual writing ability. You see what you want to see.

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    Re: Nothing Wrong With The Script

    Hey Annonymous,
    What is beautiful about this script. Please tell me. I have yet to find anyone, even in my University's Theatre Department(Faculty or students)that can come close to telling me what the hell happens at the end of this play. That is of course, besides, the usual Shepardian response of "what do you think it means". I thought this play was going to be good all the way up until the last two pages, when Shepard just had to put in his idealist and weird two cents about how the American dream is dead. You know the standard "not a freaking ending" ending that haunts most of Shepard's plays. I'm sorry I don't mean to rant here but I just don't get a lot of his work and maybe that upsets me because I know I'm a pretty intelligent guy. I feel like I'm taking crazy pills when I think about this play and "Buried Child" getting so mush critical acclaim when they don't make any sense! Please respond to this and tell me what the hell happens at the end of "Lie of the Mind". Then I'll respond to that with an apology.
    John






    Comment index:

  • Nothing Wrong With The Script   from Annonymous, Dec 7, 2003
  • Re: Nothing Wrong With The Script   from John, Dec 12, 2003
  • » Re: Nothing Wrong With The Script «   from Raquel, Oct 5, 2004
  • Re: Nothing Wrong With The Script   from Barbara, Oct 7, 2004
  • Re: Nothing Wrong With The Script   from Precious, Mar 9, 2006
  • scene 2, my opinions.   from dan scott, May 17, 2004
  • High School   from Lauren, Oct 30, 2006
  • Nothing Wrong With The Script   from Annonymous, Dec 7, 2003
  • Re: Nothing Wrong With The Script   from John, Dec 12, 2003
  • » Re: Nothing Wrong With The Script «   from Raquel, Oct 5, 2004
  • Re: Nothing Wrong With The Script   from Barbara, Oct 7, 2004
  • Re: Nothing Wrong With The Script   from Precious, Mar 9, 2006
  • scene 2, my opinions.   from dan scott, May 17, 2004
  • High School   from Lauren, Oct 30, 2006