The Road to Mecca

The Road to Mecca

eBook - 1993
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A South African pastor and a young teacher from Cape Town battle over the fate of an eccentric elderly widow.
Publisher: New York : Theatre Communications Group, 1993
ISBN: 9781559366922
Characteristics: 1 online resource (89 pages)


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Aug 05, 2012

Ugh. I feel so low-class putting down Fugard, but I'm just getting tired of stories about suicide, crises of faith, and abortion. They're big topics, but I see them so much in modern drama, I'm beginning to think that a really unusual play would involve everyone wanting to live and engaging in effective birth control and/or having and raising children. The dynamic between the two female characters is good, and in that, Fugard succeeds (in the forward, he explains that an actress had opined to him that he never wrote for 2 women together, and why was that?). The dialogue is excellent. But the plot is tiresome, and very little of it is surprising by today's standards. Partially, I suppose, that's because it wasn't written today and isn't the fault of the play. But I still don't care for it.

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