Well, JK Rowling seems to have done it again. We meet Harry once again, now as an adult with 3 children. His middle son, Albus, seems to have inherited Harry’s knack for being awkward but charming, and his only friend is, shockingly, Scorpius, the son of – you guessed it! – Draco Malfoy. This unlikely pair get themselves into a mess of misunderstandings and potential unleashing of evil in the world, and Albus, just as his father did before him, shows his own form of bravery and a love that conquers all.
It is important to remember that this is a script of a play and not the rich, descriptive prose of a novel. More is left to the imagination, and the story is left more to dialogue and direction. That said, the plot is still full of twists and turns and catches the reader off guard as always. There are still allusions to prior books and it builds on a knowledge of the world of Hogwarts and its history. And it still remains as a testament to love overcoming evil, as all the Harry Potter books seek to do.
Having experienced the book release parties at midnight this past weekend and reveled in the enthralling enthusiasm among people of all ages over this book – A BOOK!! – I am still just overwhelmed by the gift of this author. She has succeeded in revitalizing, almost single-handedly, a love of reading across generations. She has given the world a gift unlike any other in history – and we must be thankful for this.
If you have not read the Harry Potter books, do it now. It doesn’t matter how old you are. Anyone can relate to them as they are fantastical but completely relatable. They are brilliant and imaginative and just plain fun!
Thank you, Ms. Rowling – thank you!
Somehow I’ve managed to live this long without ever having seen the movie or play. Not sure how that happened, but the situation has been rectified, as I’ve just read the play…
Stella and Stanley, a married couple living in a small apartment in New Orleans, have been just fine until Stella’s sister Blanche appears at their doorstep, apparently with no other place to go. Blanche, with her superior airs and haughty attitude, reports that the family home has been lost and she is on leave of absence from her job as a teacher, and that she will only be staying with Stella for a short visit. As the visit becomes prolonged, the truth about Blanche slowly unwinds and Stella must, sadly, confront the truth about her sister.
The play is truly a timepiece, set in the late 1940’s, with music, word phrasing, and even the prejudices that were characteristic of the time. However, at the same time, it deals with big issues that are really timeless – marital relationships, post-traumatic mental illness, family stressors, and so on. The characters are drawn so eloquently – with simple actions and articulate dialogue. Even the stage directions are poetically written and extremely precise.
It is clear how this play has gotten so much acclaim – it really is a “must read.”
Arsenic and Old Lace by Joseph Kesselring
Believe it or not, I’ve never seen this play or movie and my son, Michael just got a part in this play at school. So, of course, I had to read the book!
What a wacky play! The characters are totally twisted and there is really no real “message” to the story. I will not summarize the plot because that would take longer than the play itself. Suffice it to say that it is outlandish and bizarre — sort of a Keystone Kops-meets-the-Addams Family, complete with sweet little old ladies and dead bodies. Some of it is funny, but a lot of it is just crazy.
Hopefully. it comes alive onstage and that will be the magic! (Directors must have much more imagination than I do!)