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Reza De Wet: Plays One
The three plays Missing, Crossing and Miracle are folkloric and ostensibly native pieces of Afrikaner storytelling. All plays deal with the liberation of a character from an oppressive, matriarchal order and as such are eloquent and haunting expressions of the current generation of Afrikaner seeking to free itself from the Calvinist manacles of traditional Afrikanerdom.
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I love Reza de Wet's work. It's a gentle form of magical realism - closer to real than magic, but with a few supernatural twists that support her symbolism. I have taught the Afrikaans original of MIRACLE for a number of years now and know it quite well. It was therefore extremely interesting how De Wet introduced changes in the English version, which is clearly not simply a translation. Somewhere a literary scholar should write about the contrasting versions. These plays give an unusual insight ...more
Fable-like and slight, I wish these plays struck me a bit harder despite the subject matter. MISSING has several fairy-tale elements but it is fairly predictable. CROSSING has a wonderful premise and a very touching ending, but it meanders just a bit too much. MIRACLE is an interesting play in a lot of different ways and is the one I would be most interested in producing. The characters desperately cling to a way of life that is behind them or maybe never existed. The fact that most of these are ...more