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    Reader comments on A Lie of the Mind

    Subject: Re: Nothing Wrong With The Script
    Date: Oct 7, 2004
    Sender: BarbaraPrevious | Next

    Just read this comment. I am actress who played Lorraine, Jack's mother, in A Lie of the Mind. I know the play well. The last sceneof the play, in Beth's house, resolves the conflict between Mike, Beth brother, a man with problems of his own who exacts vengence for Beth's suffering, and Jack. Jack, a more violent version of his father, will "go away". Beth will stay with Frank, a more human brother and son. Although Shepard creates SOME hope for the younger generation of these very troubled families, the older generation cannot change. Beth's parents remain both sadly and comically oblivious to her and to Frank, and Jack's mother and sister go on with their dysfunctional relationship and ludicrous fantasies about life.
    The play obviously could have used some editing, but the poetic language, and painful and funny truths about certain kinds of relationships, make this one of Shepard's most beautiful and challenging plays.

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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