“What do you wanna [stay single] for?”

Bobby and his three girlfriends (the image links to the song)

I'm delighted to say that Christian H of The Thinking Grounds has sent in a guest post for the Sondheim Symposium.  Christian H is an English Lit grad student in Canada, and his blog is one of the reasons you should use RSS readers: it updates irregularly, but is always interesting.  Take it away, Christian!Sondheim’s musical Company might strike many as being strangely silent on the subject of what marriage is, and what it is for, considering that it is a musical about marriage. Or, rat … [Read more...]

“It’s not so hard to be married. I’ve done it three or four times.”

"Everything's different..."

Inspired by the Sondheim Symposium, my college friend Katharine Pitt offered a guest post based on her own experiences acting marriages in Shakespeare (She's pretty awesome, so I'm sure she won't mind me inserting a plug for Slings and Arrows in the intro to her post).  I think all the rest you need to know is she's awesome (bears repeating), the photos below were taken by William Sacco (captions courtesy of Katharine), and everything that follows is hers.  Take it away, Kate, the prettiest Kate … [Read more...]

Son of RomCom Myopia

Apropos of the discussion of romances that end with a clinch, not a child, I thought I'd share an excerpt from io9's review of The Odd Life of Timothy Green.  This is the recently released film where two childless parents write down all the qualities they'd like their kid to have, bury the list in the backyard, and have a magical 10 year old sprout up. Watching The Odd Life of Timothy Green, I kept being reminded of Ruby Sparks, which only just came out a few weeks ago. In both movies, the l … [Read more...]

Ending with a clinch, not a child [Sondheim]

This post is part of a symposium on Stephen Sondheim's Company.I really enjoyed Gilbert's post on the absence of children in a musical about marriage.  This isn't a problem unique to Company, but I think it's more noticable these because Company seems like it's intended to say more about marriage.In most romances, the catharsis comes with a clinch, not a child.  The couple run at each other in slow motion, the music swells, and the pair lock lips.  Sometimes the camera will swoop out, … [Read more...]

“Maybe we just weren’t meant to have children” [Sondheim]

I want to kick off the Sondheim Symposium this week with a guest post by Gilbert of The Last Conformer.  He originally wrote it as a comment on the original post, but I like starting off the conversation by discussing something omitted, plus I want to reply to it tomorrow.  I'm in italics, everything that follows is his.  Oh, and I'm to blame for the stealing the post title from a different musical, I couldn't let Eve Tushnet have all the fun.  Take it away, Gilbert!As an entry point … [Read more...]

What would someone have to say to you to get you to break up your family?

freaky friday

For your own good at that.This isn't a hypothetical question.  There are plenty of examples where we think this kind of intervention is acceptable or even necessary.  In decreasing order of urgency: an abusive spouse, two people who bring out the worst in each other, a couple that's stayed together out of inertia, the person you're with at the beginning of a romantic comedy, etc.But no matter how urgent the need for this conversation, most of us would recognize that this is a really trick … [Read more...]


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