4 journalers for this copy...
Now off with kizmiaz in Portugal, who kindly requested it.
The plays all deal either with the stupidity of war or the stupidity of man, although as we well know these two walk hand in hand most of the time. Another recurrent theme is death and it’s dealt with in a brilliant and funny way.
Even though they were writen quite a few years ago I think they are timeless in the sense that the world moves pretty much the same way it did when they were performed.
There’s a lot of seriousness even in the comedy and a lot of humour in the dramas, it’s certainly worth the read.
Now a play by play comment:
- Romanof and Juliet
This was a great! I loved the whole plot and the idea that such a small country could create such a mess. The humour is pure genius and the most serious thoughts are told in the most hilarious ways.
- The Moment of Truth
This was also a funny one, especially the first two acts and then it gets deadly serious and dramatic.
Short but sweet. It hits the issue of life and death right on the head.
- The Love of Four Colonels
Another funny/serious piece about war and love. I liked it although some parts eluded me.
- No Sign of the Dove
- Brilliant stuff! What a sorry bunch of characters that gets its just deserts. Loved it. Especially the way Mathew deals with his family.
Now I'm sending it to conto because I think she'll like it.
I'm sorry I forget it so often...
I liked this Ustinov's 5 Plays a lot, especially The Moment of Truth (a bit too long though; the first acts are absolutely brilliant) and the last one, No Sign of the Dove.
I agree with the comments from kizmiaz and feel I haven't much more to add.
Just: thanks a lot for this opportunity!
(The pic I chose is from Ustinov playing Nero in Quo Vadis, a most brilliant performance, the only thing that makes the film worthwhile, as a matter of fact)
I'll be back to you as soon as I read it.
Thanks for sharing.