April 29, 2011

Of Mice and Men... and dogs.

"I'm looking for a broken dog..."




Get your tickets for this play and other American Players Theater productions this summer.

18 comments:

Fred4Pres said...

Steinbeck was muddled with his socialist thinking, but I still like him a lot as an author. I have always enjoyed his books.

Talking about literary adaptations: They are doing to Kill a Mockingbird in Ashland right now.

Doug Wright said...

Steinbeck's book about his short stint as a war correspodent was excellent, one of the best written by a non-combatant. But way too short and apparently no more than that was ever printed and if memory serves me correctly, his notes are no more.

wv: sulessi are warriors in a Southern Libyan tribe.

Christy said...

Of Mice and Men affected me profoundly in H.S. These decades later I've not revisited the book for fear of breaking the magical spell it still holds.

Did you see where they now think Travels with Charlie is mostly fiction? Fact checked

traditionalguy said...

Steinbeck's stories are taken from real life. That is why they are so interesting. Real people in real life are fascinating. Men and women always remain the same. The life of the 1920s and 1930s is coming back after a brief Baby Boomer fantasy based upon easy money.Read Steinbeck and see.

Fred4Pres said...

Steinbeck has excellent characters. I also like Steinbeck's novels for their focus on location. I grew to be facinated with Monterey and Salinas even before I ever spent any time there (even though Steinbeck described a world that had long pasted by by the time I read his stuff). All good novels and writers do that.

And traditionalguy, Thomas Wolfe managed to do that with Ashville and his descriptiosn of the boom bust of that town's real estate market--that certainly resonates again today.

Fprawl said...

Summer Stock in Danville KY

PIONEER PLAYHOUSE

http://www.pioneerplayhouse.com/?page_id=69

2011 Schedule
June 10 – 25 THE 39 STEPS – Winner of two 2008 Tony and Drama Desk Awards!

June 28 – July 9 TARTUFFE: THE SOUTHERN VERSION, Adapted from Moliere – Literature’s most pernicious preacher is back…in this spirited adaptation set in antebellum-era Kentucky.

July 12 – 23 THAT MADCAP MOON, by Janet Henson Dow – Celebrate the WW2 War Years in Danville…as seen through the eyes of a girl on the verge of womanhood,

July 26 – Aug. 6 DON’T CRY FOR ME, MARGARET MITCHELL, by V. Cate and Duke Ernsberger — “Gone With the Wind” producer David O. Selznick has locked two writers in his office for a week-long emergency session, to “improve” the script.

Aug. 9 – Aug. 20 KOSHER LUTHERANS, by William Missouri Downs – Fate has directed a God-fearing Iowa girl to let a Jewish couple adopt her baby.
Dinner served: 7:30pm
Showtime: 8:30pm (EDT)

(BBQ Chicken, Green Beans, Mashed Potatoes, made by a different church each week.)

rhhardin said...

Old dogs, children and watermelon wine.

Old dogs know everything.

rhhardin said...

I've been completely unaffected by Steinbeck.

edutcher said...

Always loved Steinbeck - "Grapes of Wrath", "Moon Is Down" - "Red Pony", much less.

But the woman is right about the dog.

Probably why W C Fields said, "Any man who hates kids and dogs can't be all bad".

Fred4Pres said...

I was at the supermarket today and some guy was buying cigarettes and walking an old wolf. It was definitely a wolf. He seemed friendly enough and pretty mellow. He looked all wolf (with a lot of gray on his muzzle) but he acted all old labrador.

Kirby Olson said...

Shakespeare hated dogs. The worst thing you can be compared to in a Shakespeare play is a dog. I'm with Shakespeare. Cats are pretty ok, and even squirrels are ok, even skunks are fine, compared to dogs. Dogs are just ridiculous. If they would have remained wolves that would be fine, but instead they decided to come inside and nuzzle people with their cold noses and bad breath and bathroom problems. If they're our best friends, what are our enemies like?

prairie wind said...

I know what you mean, Christy. I read All the Pretty Horses and was blown away. I couldn't even speak about it. Later, I read A Reader's Manifesto and I decided I'd better not try to re-read it. The Manifesto has a ton of fun at the expense of Cormac McCarthy.

Read Grapes of Wrath when I was in college and found it profound. Watched the movies years and years later and found it a hoot. I don't think the spell will hold for me in this case.

I liked East of Eden--book and movie.

Fred4Pres said...

You know what is really bad? Dogs who wear shorts.

Christy said...

@ Fprawl, I'm intrigued that UT Theater here in Knoxville has a "Moonlight and Magnolias" on the schedule for Fall with the exact same description as "Don't Cry for Me, Margaret Mitchell" but by a different playwright. You figure it was a project in a playwright workshop last year?

Kensington said...

I'm suspicious of anyone who doesn't love dogs.

VanderDouchen said...

Once upon a time, in a land that was rich in bounty, and rich in the labors required to produce that bounty, my Grandmother told me that she'd ride a three legged dog to see her grandchild, who I had taken far from that great land. She took a jet plane instead, but I'm certain she would have ridden the three legged dog if it was required.

The main takeaway from this story is that she knew a three legged dog that she could ride.

WV: pulnessi:

Pulnessi! Pulnessi! She continued to whip at the three legged dog as she yelled, "Pulnessi!"

Kold_Kadavr_flatliner said...

Is it legal, o kick-ass pundit, to do posse comitatus? HeeHee

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