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Bulldozed by Naivetι [WSJ Theater Critic Trashes Rachel Corrie Play]
Wall Street Journal ^ | October 21, 2006 | Terry Teachout

Posted on 10/21/2006 2:26:19 AM PDT by L.N. Smithee

NEW YORK--Politics makes artists stupid. Take "My Name Is Rachel Corrie," the one-woman play cobbled together from the diaries, emails and miscellaneous scribblings of the 23-year-old left-wing activist who was run over by an Israeli Army bulldozer in 2003 while protesting the demolition of a Palestinian house in the Gaza Strip. Co-written and directed by Alan Rickman, one of England's best actors, "Rachel Corrie" just opened off-Broadway after a successful London run. It's an ill-crafted piece of goopy give-peace-a-chance agitprop--yet it's being performed to cheers and tears before admiring crowds of theater-savvy New Yorkers who, like Mr. Rickman himself, ought to know better.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events; US: Washington
KEYWORDS: bulldozer; bunnymeetrachel; corrie; flatasapancake; palestine; rachelcorrie; saintpancake; terrorism
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How bad is the play? Says Teachout, it's worse than Tim Robbins' play. OUCH!
1 posted on 10/21/2006 2:26:19 AM PDT by L.N. Smithee
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To: L.N. Smithee

I wouldn't call it inspiring.....in fact, it left me feeling a bit flat.


2 posted on 10/21/2006 2:29:24 AM PDT by edpc (Violence is ALWAYS a solution. Maybe not the right one....but a solution nonetheless)
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To: edpc
WHAT ABOUT FOLEY?
3 posted on 10/21/2006 2:57:50 AM PDT by Dallas59 (Muslims Are Only Guests In Western Countries)
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To: edpc
in fact, it left me feeling a bit flat.

LOL!

It left me craving a stack of pancakes.

4 posted on 10/21/2006 3:02:59 AM PDT by Allegra (Super Elastic Bubble Plastic!)
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To: L.N. Smithee
"My Name Is Rachel Corrie," by contrast, is a scrappy, one-sided monologue consisting of nothing but the fugitive observations of a young woman who, like so many idealists, treated her emotions as facts. "I am disappointed," she declares, "that this is the base reality of our world and that we, in fact, participate in it. This is not at all what I asked for when I came into this world."
None of asked to come into the world without being ruler of it. But some of us came to terms with the fact that other people have something to say about that . . . before we even got into grammar school.

5 posted on 10/21/2006 3:17:08 AM PDT by conservatism_IS_compassion (The idea around which liberalism coheres is that NOTHING actually matters except PR.)
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To: Allegra

6 posted on 10/21/2006 3:18:07 AM PDT by Kozak (Anti Shahada: " There is no God named Allah, and Muhammed is his False Prophet")
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To: L.N. Smithee

Alan Rickman...he plays such great, deranged movie villains, in Robin Hood, and Die Hard. Maybe his secret is, he isn't acting.


7 posted on 10/21/2006 3:43:41 AM PDT by YaYa123
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To: YaYa123

don't forget Professor Snape.


8 posted on 10/21/2006 3:48:38 AM PDT by Mercat (Μου παρουσιάστε τι ο Mohammed έφερε που ήταν νέος, και εκεί θα βρείτε τα πράγματα μόνο κακά και απάν)
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To: YaYa123

Yeah, Rickman is an amazing actor. Sounds like he shouldn't give up his day job!


9 posted on 10/21/2006 3:54:13 AM PDT by Future Snake Eater (The plan was simple, like my brother-in-law Phil. But unlike Phil, this plan just might work.)
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To: L.N. Smithee

It's just more anti-semitism packaged as 60s style give-peace-a-chance baloney.


10 posted on 10/21/2006 4:07:52 AM PDT by kjo
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To: L.N. Smithee

IMO, I would guess that she is a product of today's public government schooling and incredibly unenlightened parents. Her parents probably concentrated on building up her self esteem. The play is more like abstract art and a testimony to her life, albeit an empty one.


11 posted on 10/21/2006 4:31:14 AM PDT by olezip
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To: Mercat

shhhhh, don't tell anyone I'm Harry Potter illiterate.


12 posted on 10/21/2006 4:43:31 AM PDT by YaYa123
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To: Aaron0617
c'mon not a true Rachel Corrie thread without my favorite..


13 posted on 10/21/2006 4:46:48 AM PDT by Aaron0617
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To: conservatism_IS_compassion

Raising children the liberal way seems, more often than not, to result in a narcissistic and grossly prideful person.


14 posted on 10/21/2006 4:47:19 AM PDT by visualops (artlife.us)
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To: visualops

I know it's my job to tell my granddaughter that there is more to life than polly pocket. sigh. We had a lot of fun with The Lion the Witch and the Wordrobe last year.


15 posted on 10/21/2006 4:48:51 AM PDT by Mercat (Μου παρουσιάστε τι ο Mohammed έφερε που ήταν νέος, και εκεί θα βρείτε τα πράγματα μόνο κακά και απάν)
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To: L.N. Smithee; Slings and Arrows

16 posted on 10/21/2006 5:03:24 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: L.N. Smithee
Terror advocate dies in accident. Atrocious drama ensues...

*Snicker* At least the review is amusing. :)

17 posted on 10/21/2006 5:14:39 AM PDT by veronica (http://www.freerepublic.com/~starcmc/)
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To: YaYa123

You forgot Dr. Lazarus in Galaxy Quest. My favorite role.


18 posted on 10/21/2006 5:21:09 AM PDT by sportutegrl (This thread is useless without pix.)
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To: L.N. Smithee

It's a morality tale about the consequences of being a left-wing moonbat. Unintentially, of course.


19 posted on 10/21/2006 5:30:14 AM PDT by WashingtonSource
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To: L.N. Smithee

I think that a new play should be written about the catepillar bulldozer...how its feeling have been hurt ...maligned by the lib/dem muzzie loving left....

this is just as stupid as this play!!!

screw this dope usueful idiot of the muzzies...none even know her name and could care less about how she wasted her life.....

the true victim is catepilllar getting bad press....

otherwise....this shi-ite on off-broadway just portrays how bad plays are and how stupid people are in going and wasting money to see this crap!!!


20 posted on 10/21/2006 5:36:58 AM PDT by hnj_00
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