Friday, August 10, 2018

Byronic hero …

… ‘Pushkin: A Life Played Out’ Review: The Poet and the Pistol - WSJ. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)
Greatly aided by his masterly 11-person cast, Mr. Leaf has brought off the considerable feat of writing a play in blank iambic pentameter (he even supplies his own believable-sounding Pushkinesque verses for the poet’s own poems) that has the clean, transparent sound of everyday speech, eloquent but not high-flown. If you didn’t know that the characters in “Pushkin” were speaking in verse, you could easily fail to realize it until well into the evening, so involving is the high-stakes plot and so good the acting. 

1 comment:

  1. ...which I could never do.
    However, he prooo'bly cant
    fearlessly cycle with his
    backpack fulla 'ammo' down
    the interstate, either.

    Thus, we all have certain
    thangs given by Almighty God
    we should accomplish in our
    existence finite.

    Tell me about yours, dear...