Skip to comments.Bulldozed by Naivetι [WSJ Theater Critic Trashes Rachel Corrie Play]
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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I wouldn't call it inspiring.....in fact, it left me feeling a bit flat.
It left me craving a stack of pancakes.
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.
Alan Rickman...he plays such great, deranged movie villains, in Robin Hood, and Die Hard. Maybe his secret is, he isn't acting.
don't forget Professor Snape.
Yeah, Rickman is an amazing actor. Sounds like he shouldn't give up his day job!
It's just more anti-semitism packaged as 60s style give-peace-a-chance baloney.
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.
shhhhh, don't tell anyone I'm Harry Potter illiterate.
Raising children the liberal way seems, more often than not, to result in a narcissistic and grossly prideful person.
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.
*Snicker* At least the review is amusing. :)
You forgot Dr. Lazarus in Galaxy Quest. My favorite role.
It's a morality tale about the consequences of being a left-wing moonbat. Unintentially, of course.
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!!!
I did not follow this story well, and I've not seen this picture.
If Arafat had the frame tilted just a bit more, it would look like a pizza delivery box.
That's one not so peaceful looking kid that was aborted.
Sentances like: the real-life character she is portraying was unattractive in the extreme, albeit pathetically so
What is pathetically unattractive?
Megan Dodds's performance as Rachel Corrie is frankly cartoonish.
What is a cartoonish perfomance? She runs off a cliff, hangs in the air for a few moments?
or such uncomprehensible babble as; To mistake such jejune disillusion for profundity
Uninteresting disillusion as profound? How about "Her mistaken ideas were dillusional not profound".
Darn, darn, darn!!
My first thought was Galaxy Quest - he was great in that. Oh well, great acting doesn't guarantee great depth of thought.
I liked the header: "Terror advocate dies in accident. Atrocious drama ensues."
"When she finally does so by thrusting herself into the middle of the Israeli-Palestinian blood feud, she sees only what she passionately longs to see: "The vast majority of Palestinians right now, as far as I can tell, are engaging in Gandhian nonviolent resistance."
Best insight into the mind of a Pro-Palestinian-Terrorist- sympathizer-leftist.
Alan Rickman is married to a Labor activist, hence I would assume his dopey radicalism.
He's given one or two good performances (especially in "The Barchester Chronicles" all the way back around 1980) but he's been sliding on his reputation ever since. He's got all sorts of vocal problems (I sat through nearly 4 hours of his horrendous "Anthony & Cleo" several years ago) where he drove me crazy with his lackluster, hoarse performance. He would do well to stop attempting playwriting and take a few acting lessons.
"I said I never had much use for them, I never said I didn't know HOW to use one."
Great Tom Seleck line.
Wasn't Rachel Corrie one of our Darwin finalists?
What happened to your tagline?
Ah yes... if only she'd studied physics instead of loopy lefty politics, she might be alive (and interesting) instead of dead (and boring).
Because Newton didn't just have three good ideas of motion. It's the Law.
And no one likes a flat girl.
Terry didn't answer one question that I have, though, which is: "at which point(s) in the play does Flat Rachel burn the US Flag?" Knowing Manhattan theatergoers, that ought to be the big applause scene.
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I believe you're right ... it's a photoshop job:
She looks much better in the one on the right....
I agree, a more realist version of a peace protester.
Really, isn't "peace protester" an oxymoron?
Any way we see her, she's a flat oxymoron.
Plays should be written first-and-foremost to entertain; those designed to teach, preach and screech usually stink to high heaven. This one sounds as flat as dear Rachel herself.
Rachel tried to bulldoze her way into martyrdom, yet came over like a steam roller.
Maybe they drove a bulldozer full of money to his house.
"MY NAME IS RACHEL CORRIE.... AND I'M A MORON!"
There, I corrected the title......
What a POS, how could any person of sanity and judgment want to see such a pile of crap as this play?? Amazing how many leftists have a taste for shallow, puerile agitprop masquerading as "art"
LOL! St. Pancake.
Bulldozed by naiveté.... considerably worse than been mugged by reality!!
"Yassir, how sweet! You bought her a coffin!"
Depending on the mix used, pancakes can be kinda fluffy. Rachel seems more like a crepe girl, to me.
Full of crepe, anyway.
More of a right-caterpillar-track conspiracy.
Actually I heard she wasn't a really firmly committed leftist. The kids at DailyKos were saying she was "kind of a squish."
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She's might not have been a firmly committed leftist before, but one wrong turn and OOPs, there it is!
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