Sam Shepard's A Lie of the Mind Explores Families in Meltdown
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The last date listed for A Lie of the Mind was Saturday May 31, 2014 / 7:30pm.
Currently at The Bug Theatre
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Is this suppose to be a serious play? If so why do both the mothers talk like idiots, the father like Archie Bunker and everyone seeming clearly like caricatures? It was played seriously at Bug. There were no outright laughs and yet I left thinking "wasn't that a farce?". It is that kind of experience and at 3 hours playing A Funny Thing Happened like Hamlet can be absurd in a way that goes beyond the playwrights' clear absurdist intentions.
I did not know the play but respect Shepard. A review said it was an indictment of the macho male but it did not strike me as that unless by macho we mean over the top psycho mania. The husband is extreme but the brother is pure hillbilly menacing monster. None of which fits with the imbecilic dialog and action. Is the father's repeated stealing the blanket or the brain damaged wife's strange longings really to be played as melodrama?
And so forth. Fairly well acted if maybe not correctly acted it was at stretches tedious and never truly involving and yet I give it an OK because you get to challenge the interpretation,wonder how you would direct it and for 3 hours avoid TV drama and the NBA playoffs. And its inexpensive with easy parking. As someone just passing through town it was tolerable and memorable if not quite for the right reasons.