Arts Read of the Week – Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014

This article on playwright Will Eno’s play is a wonderful example of how an advance on an upcoming theatre performance can also be very similar to a feature or profile story. The article highlights Eno’s upcoming plays, which open March 3, 2014 at the Signature Theatre. The writer of the piece, Alexis Soloski, talks about how pain is a recurring theme in Eno’s plays. Read one way, his plays are hilariously funny. Read another way, they are almost unbearably sad. Soloski says, “They catalog incurable illness, irremediable injury, unrecoverable loss.” Eno is in rehearsal for one play while another one of his plays is in previews.

A particular interesting quotation is the following: “Mr. Eno’s polite reticence does not lend itself to theater’s rough-and-tumble teamwork. Why playwriting?”

Eno said: “I don’t know if I have anything too naturally suited to being a playwright except I do really feel that strangeness and that mystery. It seems like enough. It feels like enough.”

This article really piqued my interest because I will be performing in a Will Eno play, “Middletown,” at the Margo Jones Theatre in April as part of the Meadows theatre division’s REP series.

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