Leah Libresco’s Sing-Along-Blog

I'd like to try out a new kind of post/talkback opportunity this week.  I'm having my birthday party this week, and my plan is to make all of my very nice friends watch two Sondheim musicals with me (Company and Passion) and then have a discussion about the telos of love and marriage.  Plus cake.Passion is really weird and a little tough to track down (though, in case this is an inducement to order it, after I saw it staged, I told a friend I thought it was a Nietzschean horror story about th … [Read more...]

A Martyr for All Seasons

Two weeks ago, I had an absolutely lovely time reading A Man for All Seasons out loud in a coffee shop with a new group of friends.  In what I hope was not type-casting, I read the part of Cromwell. (ok, it was probably type-casting).  I greatly enjoyed the play (though I'm now going to have to put aside all the very nice spiritual reading people have recommended or lent me, so I can reread Wolf Hall), and there was one exchange that particularly struck me, just after More resigns his position a … [Read more...]

Caution! Philosophy in Progress.

Remember you can vote once per day for the About.com Atheism Awards.  I’m one of five nominees for Best Atheist Blog.  More details here.Last year, Theatre J sold out its run of New Jerusalem: The Interrogation of Baruch de Spinoza, so if you're in the DC area and I didn't successfully drag you to the show this past Wednesday, you had best get your tickets soon. The play is inspired by the excommunication of Baruch Spinoza by his synagogue and spins out a confrontation between him, a Chris … [Read more...]

7 Quick Takes (3/16/12)

--- 1 --- This weekend, I'm going up to NYC to see my family, and we're all seeing the B'way production of Newsies!I certainly hope you're all familiar with the best Disney musical, which is based on the Newsboys Strike of 1899, so perhaps you'd all like to pause and sing along with me and a very young Christian Bale:The NYT did a nice piece about the genesis of the musical and it's relation to the source material.   The best revelation?  Most of the characters names in the show  (C … [Read more...]

Prop 8 Play Lets the Lack-of-Facts Shine Through (mostly)

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Remember you can vote once per day for the About.com Atheism Awards.  I’m one of five nominees for Best Atheist Blog.  More details here.I'm not sure which is the best example of the American Foundation for Equal Rights stacking the odds in their staged reading of 8 - a play sourced from the transcripts of the Prop 8 trial Perry v. Schwarzenegger.  It might be the scene when the suave and gorgeous George Clooney (David Boies) cross-examines the John C. Reilly-looking John C. Reilly as David B … [Read more...]

Epistemology Thought Experiment on Prime Time TV

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Remember you can vote once per day for the About.com Atheism Awards.  I’m one of five nominees for Best Atheist Blog.  More details here.Last night I caught the series premiere of Awake on Hulu and I found it captivating.  The basic setup: Detective Michael Britten (played by Jason Isaacs -- Lucius Malfoy) is in a terrible car accident.  After the crash his life bifurcates.  In one reality, his wife died in the crash.  In the other, he lost his son.  He lives a full day in one world, goes to … [Read more...]

Isn’t that Sweeney there beside you?

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I'm in transit today.  It's the weekend of the Harvard-Yale football game, and I'm headed up early to see the campus production of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.  So while I navigate wind and rain and buses and trains, you can check out the paper I wrote on Sweeney's moral code for my Sondheim seminar last year.  I've uploaded the document "If Only Angels Could Prevail: The Moral Tragedy of Sweeney Todd" to Scribd.To be honest, I love Sweeney and Sondheim so much that I' … [Read more...]


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