Monday, February 11, 2008

A Feminine Ending

Portland Center Stage
February 5 - March 23, 2008

Review by Thursday

Amanda Blue scripts a short section of her life as composer and oboe player. Beautifully written text compensates for one-note Amanda. Land, Schultz bring out colors in Bloom's performance. Although lighting in first scene distracts; inventive set, blocking make show seamless. Ambiguous closing proves piece indeed has a feminine ending.


theresa said...

I am confused: Feminine means ambiguous? Would a masculine ending be unambiguous?

Anonymous said...

Are you confused? Or offended? Using words that indirectly mean something completely that could be Feminine.

splattworks said...

In the context of the play, given that the main character is a musician, I believe a feminine ending refers to its use in music, where a piece ends partially unresolved, in mid-phrase, or on an unstressed note. Which is to say, the ending is ambiguous.

theresa said...

*theresa smacks head into tree* Duh! Thanks Steve. I suppose my comment really takes on my qualm with language itself, not the review. And that's another can of worms, isn't it?

Re #1 - Confused, not offended.