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God's Ear: A Play
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
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Nov 23, 2015 Ian Johnson rated it it was amazing · review of another edition
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
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
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
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.