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 … [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 … [Read more...]

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

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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 … [Read more...]