Theatre Review: Kleptocracy, by Kenneth Lin

I have been reading a book on art and philosophy, which is rather thick (thanks, Bro for that Christmas present), The Transfiguration of the Commonplace, by Arthur C. Danto. In the first chapter, which took me a couple of weeks to wade through, Danto addresses the question of art imitating reality.  He grapples with the idea, in theatre and film, that we as viewers accept atrocious actions by characters on stage or screen because we know that they are performing and not actually killing, maiming, raping, etc. some other character.  These actions, which we would flee from in reality, are plot devices, character development, conflict dilemmas, etc.  Watching Kenneth Lin’s play, Kleptocracy, at Arena Stage, I wanted to hide under my seat, for what I knew to be a play touched too closely to reality. Continue reading

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Dept. of Alternative Facts: Gated Communities

gated communities: (n) development building technique which features walls and gates to control entrance to community, provide security for residents and owners, and give a sense of superiority over the rest of society outside the gates; typically lived in by wealthy and those who aspire to being so; full service communities, which construct homes around golf courses, shops, and restaurants, allowing residents and guests to have all interests catered to without having to leave the community Continue reading

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From the Bookshelf: Heartspark, by Mike Mallow

I think of Mary Shelley’s novel, Frankenstein, to be the first science fiction novel.  Prior to this time, stories (mostly in poetic or theatrical formats) were mythologies and legends from the Greek and Roman pantheons, Nordic epics, and lives of saints, or Renaissance reiterations of those tales.  These were dominated by fantastic powers of gods and their interchanges with humans, much like our superhero stories (mostly in comic books and movie formats) are today.

But, science fiction would not have the philosophical context until the 18th century Enlightenment fascination with observable data, and the 19th century concern with the effects of industrial revolution on society.  Science fiction is inherently enamored with how the application of the laws of physics, chemistry, etc. may bring fantastic powers to humanity, but also with cautionary tales of how those power may lead to dystopian results.  Mike Mallow dreamed up such a tale in his new sci-fi novel, Heartspark. Continue reading

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Poem: Time(less)

Is time a line? Continue reading

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Brown Sign: Rain Forest Venetian Blinds

If monkeys had windows in trees

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Brown Sign: Rain Forest Butterflies

Usually the buffet does not include…

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Brown Sign: Peruvian Rain Forest (Port Maldonado), Can you see…?

Forest for the trees?

Trees for the forest?

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