The American Theatre Wing recently published a book called The Play That Changed My Life, interviewing 21 playwrights about the title subject. To go along with their review of the book, the New York Times asked their readers about the plays that changed their own lives. I commented (I'm #5), saying
I saw "Six Characters In Search of an Author" at Canada's Shaw Festival, and it was like the top of my head came off--I understood better than I ever had how theatre can make you question your own reality. That play's ideas have never really left me to this day.
Today, when the Times published a few of the reader comments, I'm happy to say that I was among them Maybe I'll inspire other Pirandello lovers to come forward. (Or maybe a few companies in Chicago to do some Pirandello?)
So as 2009 runs out, I'm asking you, readers, what play (or plays) changed your life, and why? Share them in the comments section. And if I don't post again before 2010, Happy New Year!
Stoking the Fires
5 weeks ago