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Spring's Awakening by Frank Wedekind
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Dec 14, 07

Read in December, 2007

I wish Spring's Awakening, Wedekind's graphic (for the turn of the 19th century and, to some extent, today) bildungsroman could not have directly given birth to Spring Awakening, the rock-musical that, while enjoyable, lacks the gravity of its parent.

The play is disjointed at times and ends on a bizarre note, but the dialogue and stage directions entertain me in a "how far can I go as a playwright in 1891" sort of way. Wedekind skirts around scenes of group masturbation and pubescent rape so cleverly.

Of course, the nature/nurture discourse is the play's strong suit, and it is well handled, resonating in concert with contemporary debates on abstinence-based reproductive education and whatnot.

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