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Theatre doesn’t have much relevance anymore. Or so acclaimed playwright Darren O’Donnell tells us. The dynamics of unplanned social interaction, he says, are far more compelling than any play he could produce. So his latest show, A Suicide-Site Guide to the City, isn’t really a show; it’s an interactive chitchat about memory, depression, and 9/11, a dazzling whirl of talki ...more
Paperback, 112 pages
Published March 19th 2002 by Coach House Books
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Mr O'Donnell here grapples with A Very Big Question: What to do when it becomes clear that your artistic vision and social ideals aren't about to change the world? Some of my favourites in this genre: (academically) The Most Radical Gesture The Situationist International and After; (philosophically) The Movement of the Free Spirit; (poetically) The Tapeworm Foundry andor the dangerous prevalence of imagination. Social Acupuncture stands out for personal reasons: his evocation of Toronto and the ...more
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“[I suspect] that in the drive toward the liberal universalist notion of human rights that characterized the last fifty or so years, there has been an accompanying oversensitivity that, in practice, keeps us atomized and more likely to be manipulated and have our rights impinged upon.”More quotes…