Seeing them on successive nights, however, left me repeating an old lament: If only mental illness were as fascinating, artful, and life-enhancing as it sometimes looks onstage.
Those of us who have endured the disability of a beloved relative know better. We know that while people with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder or severe depression may have flashes of creative genius and almost spooky moments of intellectual and emotional insight, the facts of their illness are scary, repetitive, and debilitating. In the long run, it doesn't lift you up to be crazy; it wears you down.
Monday, July 23, 2007
Madmen on Parade
In the Boston Globe's theatre section Louise Kennedy writes a longish piece reviewing both Shakespeare and Company's Blue/Orange, and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest at the Berkshire Theatre Festival.