Wednesday, May 6, 2009

I'm The Guest Writer For Cliche Watch!

The excellent and rather brilliant Benno Nelson, in addition to his fantastic blog, writes a weekly "Cliché Watch" for the blog of The New Colony. He explores various theatrical cliches, and for the past few weeks, they've been formatted as debates rather than as monologues. He very graciously asked me to write this week, on a particular hated cliche of mine--dead relatives onstage. Yes, they've been around since Hamlet at least, but they've been inescapable since (the wildly overrated) Proof. And I've had about enough.

You can read my piece and Benno's response here. Please read and share your opinions on this particular cliche, and suggest topics for future installments!

3 comments:

Andrew Hobgood said...

Thanks for joining us on the New Colony blog, Zev! Great topic - and fun to read!

- Andy

Lauren Yarger said...

Nice piece, Zev.
Have you seen Next to Normal?
Really, really nice use of a dead person on stage.

Zev Valancy said...

I haven't seen it yet, but I have heard about it, and having a more creative use than usual of the dead person on stage. I hope it makes it out here soon--whether or not I like it, it should be something to see!