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God's Ear: A Play

4.18  ·  Rating Details ·  84 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
God's Ear marks the debut of Jenny Schwartz, "an indelibly clever playwright, possessed of linguistic playfulness and a lively sense of rhythm" (Alexis Soloski, The Village Voice). Through the skillfully disarming use of clichéd language and homilies, the play explores with subtle grace and depth the way the death of a child tears one family apart, while showcasing the tal ...more
ebook, 176 pages
Published April 1st 2008 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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Ian Johnson
Nov 23, 2015 Ian Johnson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jenny Schwartz is a spectacular master of language. I had the privilege of seeing a production of this that was directed masterfully. The language simply flows and through your ears it massages your soul. In ways it seems that the language is simply just nonsensical and an overwhelming amount of cliches, but when read and handled appropriately the layers of the texts allow the audience to follow the family through the stages of their grieving. I find that this textual technique accesses deeper p ...more
Tracy
Jul 26, 2009 Tracy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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A capsizing of language that is glorious. This play made me believe again in what's possible rather than what's typical.
Lillian
I never thought I'd see so many cliche's in one play... but it's intentional. The play delivers as many commonly said one liners as it can stuff into it's characters mouths. It centers around a mother and father who are having trouble coping with the death of their son. So they speak in easy phrases, that hide the deeper anguish they are feeling. It made me hear life differently afterwards. I notice where we conveniently place one liners and homilies, it helps us communicate in an effective way. ...more
Melody
Mar 08, 2012 Melody rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I saw this in production before reading it, and I think that helps. The sparsity of the stage directions can be confusing at times. However, this is such a powerful show. The fact that it's pretty much written in cliches? Brilliant? What do you say during the grieving process? There are no words to accurately communicate that. Also, I am in love with Lanie's "Did You Know" monologue. This show is beautiful and full of emotion. I can understand why some people would be put off by it, but I love i ...more
Ed
Dec 27, 2008 Ed rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: theatre
A play more or less about grief. After losing a son, communication breaks down and a family tries to express itself through clichés, platitudes and other rote responses - struggling to express feelings which have outgrown words. What at times seems to be an almost nonsensical stream-of consciousness builds to a beautiful, satisfying whole. Touching and surprisingly funny.
Zana
Aug 05, 2011 Zana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
«A Orelha de Deus», de Jenny Schwartz, tradução de Rogério Casanova, edições Cotovia, colecção Livrinhos de Teatro
Myc
I do not like this play.
Gale Enad
Sep 19, 2015 Gale Enad rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
bc of this book's play i've watched a lot of films & animations since by iaft and wolfpac
Ann
Dec 23, 2013 Ann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This play ripped out my heart.
Sadiekay
Nov 11, 2015 Sadiekay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting read, you have to understand the that so much emotions are being expressed; it is not just ramblings.
Tsering Tashi Yusea
impressive but quiet absurd
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