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Passion Porn - Impressions and Expressions of Ijon
December 1st, 2002
12:08 am


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Passion Porn
Dad chickened out of going to the theater with Mom tonight, so jumped at the ticket. We saw "Passion Play" by Peter Nichols, performed by the Beit Lessin theatrical group, starring Sasson Gabay, Nathan Datner, and Yonah Elian. The acting was excellent (Datner really shone), but I was very disappointed with either the playwright or the director, I can't quite tell.

It was... low. It was vulgar; far too much tit-grabbing (and not only from the outside of the blouse), far too many actresses in lingerie. The play seems to want to be tragi-comic -- the comic parts were okay, but the dramatic parts, despite the acting, were diluted by the playwright/director's insistence on constant disrobing, gratuitous half-nudity, and downright pornographic contact between the actors. I am not puritanical, and I can stomach (even full) nudity in art, as long as I feel that it is justified. I can't see that it was necessary in this play, supposedly a very good one. The very well-executed gimmick of two actors for each character (one verbalizing the character's thoughts, and performing "mental" facial expressions and gesticulations) does not redeem the play of its vulgarity. A pity.

Current Mood: disappointed
Current Music: Wagner -- Lohengrin, Act 1 -- Barenboim conducting the BPO

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Date:November 30th, 2002 09:53 pm (UTC)


טרם הצלחתי להבין את ההתמוגגות האפנתית מכתבי דה-סאד, פון-מאזוך, ז'ורז' בטאי ודומיהם. יותר מדי פעמים משמשת הפורנוגרפיה כגימיק זול, יותר מדי פעמים על חשבון איכות היצירה. וולגריות היא אמצעי בטוח לזעזע, להשאיר אימפקט, לא תמיד הטוב שבנמצא.
Date:December 1st, 2002 04:24 am (UTC)
This reminds me of the time when there was a theatre scandal in Finland; a group of so called innovators of the old traditional play style got an unreasonable idea to toss faeces and other disgusting stuff on the stage, calling it "art". It just wasn't justified at all to make anything like that in the play. It made a terrible stir in the whole country, and there's no any wonder.

Of course, this play that you saw wasn't a similar instance, but I was just reminded of how "art" and culture can sometimes go too far without any basis.
Date:December 1st, 2002 09:27 am (UTC)

לא ממש תזכור אותי, וטוב שכך, אבל נחמד לראות שם מוכר :)

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