Thomasina in Tom Stoppard's mind bending time warping play, ARCADIA, observes that when you stir rasberry jam into vanilla pudding it will first swirl in streaks but ultimately will turn the entire pudding pink. If you stir the pudding in the opposite direction, the jam will not separate back out again.
--LIFE MOVES ONLY FORWARD--NEVER BACK!--
Sunday, August 30, 2020
Another light summer theatrical read.
The Opening Night Murder Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre was built in 1599,
burned down in 1613, was rebuilt and reopened in 1614, operated until the
closure of all theatres in 1642, and was demolished in 1644. Anne Rutherford’s 2012
historical mystery, The Opening Night Murder, posits that the Globe
actually stood vacant until the Restoration in 1660 and was reopened by a
former kept woman and her son who was fathered by a Royalist nobleman. Suzanne
Thornton is the doxy turned impresario and all is going well until a body drops
out of the heavens at their opening performance of Henry V. As luck would have it, the fresh corpse
turns out to be the fearful Puritan who kept Suzanne during Cromwell’s reign.
While the box office receipts remain strong our
fiercely independent heroine must find the real killer to keep her own son from
the gallows. The theatrical atmosphere was over-shadowed somewhat by Suzanne’s
on again off again longing for the thoroughly unlikable Earl who fathered her
son and now has returned to London with Charles II the new King.
Another plot limitation is that the denouement, though exciting, strains credibility. But on the
plus side the period detail is vibrant and the feminist leanings in the character
of Suzanne Thornton could be explored in further books capitalizing on the
introduction of women as performers on the Restoration stage.