|Title||:||The Love of the Nightingale|
|Number of Pages||:||67 Pages|
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The Love of the Nightingale Reviews
Based on the Greek Myth of Philomele. This is an extremely powerful, theatrical play. Absolutely love her use of separate male and female choruses. Ms Wertenbaker is one of the few playwrights who "really" write for the stage. It's an extraordinarily moving and tragic piece of writing.Don't wish to ruin it for anyone. Read it when you get a chance.
Accomplishes what most modernized myths fail to accomplish - it tells a story in beautiful though contemporary language, and tells a truth of today without hitting you over the head with it. Beautiful and painful.
This year and last year, I bought and read a handful of scripts to plays I've seen in Chicago in the past. This one is one of my favorites because I love Timberlake Wertenbaker.It's a slightly modernized (it certainly feels that way somehow, even though there's still a 'chorus' and none of the names or settings have changed) retelling of an old Ovid play/myth, but with a more feminist perspective. In the original myth, Philomele is turned into a Nightengale, and Wertenbaker uses this to explore how her literal speechlessness echoes the "speechlessness" that must occur when you move away from your family to a country where you know no one and do not speak the language. It really works. I'm not entirely sure if that was the intended interpretation of the original story of Philomele or if it's something new to Wertenbaker's adaptation, but it's fantastic. See a production of this if you can.
I can best describe the main themes of Wertenbaker's play with the famous lines from Hamlet: "to be or not to be. That is the question." Yet, if these lines existed in the context of this play, the essential information would not be existentialism, but the power of questions, and those who wish to silence them.The Love of the Nightingale is a play that illustrates the central themes of silence and questions, set on the backdrop of war, power, and the differences between the sexes. I really enjoyed this quick (albeit sad) read, notably because of both the male and female chorus members, who transcend simple dialogue and explain clearly and elegantly what Timberlake Wertenbaker attempted to convey. To put it quite simply, from my own understanding, to ask questions is dangerous, but it is an inherent responsibility to any human being, despite the fear of being silenced. Only when we ask ourselves what the difference is between right and wrong, how we know that, as well as how we can learn from our pasts (the cycle of retribution playing a huge part I this piece), can we inevitably triumph over those who, like Tereus, not only believe themselves to be a god (and so capable of commanding us and conquering our spirit) but also believe it their right to stop us from speaking.
tw: rape, infanticide, mutilationA feminist retelling of the Ovidian myth of Procne, Philomela, and Tereus. Wertenbaker did a wonderful job with developing the themes of silence, truth, love, and justice. Surprisingly, she even managed to portray Tereus initially as a good, misguided man. Of course, by the end you will hate him, as is proper : ) And I found myself relating heavily to Procne and Philomela (of course, that could just be me personally); their sisterly dynamic reminded me very much of my own sister and me, so of course, I hated Tereus all the more for what he did to Philomela. And more importantly, this is a Greek myth that sorely needed a modern retelling. Ovid's version is beautiful (everything he touches is beautiful), but it relied too heavily on the sexualization of violence and sensationalism. This play was a hard read, but I loved it so much!
Plays centred on Greek mythology will never cease to interest me. Also the aspect of meta-theatre within the play is so interesting and reminiscent of inception somewhat. 4/5 stars - an engrossing read.
So many juicy themes! The use of language in a play about silence, the unseen victim and the ignored violent acts. Questioning authority... Where does silence begin?I have a lot of notes and many thoughts, as well as my fair share of questions.
An innovative twist on a Greek tragic legend. It's worth reading because it's quite short, even though it is predictable and obvious.