Theatre of Cruelty and Deleuzian Metaphysics

In a philosophically rigorous but ideologically compelling article, performance theorist Laura Cull examines the intersection between Deleuzian metaphysics and Artaudian theatre, based on the idea of the “body without organs” (BwO). She does not compare the theories of Deleuze and Artaud, but rather, interprets their overlapping notions of “self-difference” and “nonrepresentative force” (245). Using Artaud’s... Continue Reading →

I Wish I Stayed Home Eating Muffins: A Review of “The Importance of Being Earnest [A Queer Adaptation]”

To quote Oscar Wilde, “There are only two tragedies in life: one is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it.” Eloquent as this is, I’d like to add a third tragedy to Mr. Wilde’s list: the disastrous adaptation of a brilliant satirical play. Though I’m no theatre purist, I cannot help... Continue Reading →

A Lesson in Absurdity

A brief analysis of Eugene Ionesco's The Lesson (1951) A bizarre amalgam of primal violence, didactic education, and sexual politics, Eugene Ionesco’s play The Lesson uses absurdism to criticize the power of knowledge and language. The Lesson takes place in the home of a man (The Professor) and his maid. When the Young Pupil arrives for... Continue Reading →

Fiddler on the Roof (Bway, 2016)

If you’ve heard me talk about musicals, you’ve heard me talk about Fiddler On The Roof. If you’ve heard me talk about Fiddler On The Roof, you’re probably not reading this because you hate me and never want to hear my opinions about theatre ever again. And honestly, I can’t blame you. I confess: for... Continue Reading →

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