Mary Arline (queen_of_kithia) wrote,
Mary Arline
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Distracted

I was going to deconstruct the Scriptures today, but I got distracted. I went to see a play last night; it was a one-man show about the life of St. Maxmilian Kolbe. I was very excited about it because when I was confirmed, I chose him for my saint name. Alas, I should have done research on it beforehand. I'm not 100% sure what they were trying to do with it, but as theatre, it didn't really work.

The guy who performed it was also the guy who wrote it. Being a one-man show, he did multiple roles, and for some reason the actual story was punctuated by these weird, scenery-chewing soliliquies by Satan, which were not only unnecessary but also unintentionally hilarious, which is not something you want to say about a Holocaust drama. I'm sure his intentions were duly reverent, but as far as I'm concerned, it did the subject matter a grave disservice by distracting from the actual story and upstaging the character of Maximilian Kolbe. It's a common pitfall by unskilled writers to make the villian more interesting than the hero, but given the subject matter, it was just really unfortunate.

Moreover, you already had Nazis; how many villians do you need? Were the Nazis not evil enough for you? Did you feel that you needed to convince the audience that the Nazis were evil?

I don't know; maybe it was just me, although I did hear some other people near me chuckling, so that makes me feel a little better.
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