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Sunday, November 20, 2005

Malthouse Theatre's Love - Is not about.......

The latest production in the current season for the Malthouse Theatre is LOVE by Patricia Cornelius.

Run in the Tower Theatre at the Malthouse, this play almost had the distinction of having more actors than audience - and there only three actors. But the 15 or so people who attended the show I saw must have felt as I did - these three young actors deserved more.

Love is not a soft, gentle piece about romantic love. Lesbian relationships, drugs, prostitution, abuse, lies are what we have here as we are exposed to the hard reality of life for some young people. This play has a lot in common with the underlying thread of the play (End of the Rainbow) being run down the road at the MTC about Judy Garland. Some people are used, mistreated and abused by others with such obvious self interest dressed up as "love".

While the abuse of Judy is wrapped and made bearable by the music, the characters of Love have no such softeners.

Currently playing on our iTunes : Mahangoma from the album "Malagasy" by Jaojoby Rating: 4 Play Count: 1

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Saturday, November 05, 2005

What is important?

This has been a very strange week. A week ago last Thursday, a friend died leaving me with the role of executor. For the week he was in hospital up to his death, I had for the first time to focus on what having medical power of attorney actually meant. I hardly had time to think about his progress towards death - a death that he had longed for to end his pain and reunite him with his wife and parents.

I watched a life slip so easily away. And began to reflect on what was important at the end.

I have no answers - just questions.