The big questions
Saw a reading of a new play last night: All of the Above. The playwright, Tom Sime, is a theater critic-turned-playwright. He dares to ask some big, strange questions in his play. Like, how would a man with no hands make love to a deaf-dumb-blind-from-birth woman? It's Helen Keller meets a double amputee (he's had his paws surgically removed as punishment for thievery -- yes, the near future is America under the Christian Taliban). Bigger even is what the play asks about the Divine. The man gets two new hands transplanted from a dead religious figure (Dalai Lama? Pope? Evangelist? We never know) and starts getting messages from God. Then he begins to channel messages from the mind of the Helen Keller woman. It's a little weird, oddly sexy and quite provocative. I liked it, even though act two needs a big rewrite to make it make sense.
If you're interested in Big Questions, here's a great site: The World Question Center. Philosophers, professors and other lofty thinkers weigh in with questions such as "What Do You Believe Is True Even Though You Cannot Prove It?"
Hmm. Good one. For me, I believe that food eaten in the car has no calories and that women over 50 become invisible in crowds (when you get there, you'll know what I mean). But those are smaller questions, albeit vexing.
The World Question Center also explores "What Questions Have Disappeared?" and "What Is Today's Most Unreported Story?" Good reading. Check it out.
I'll be back next week with some news.