Thursday, January 21, 2016

Charles Mee's The Glory of the World

I read Thomas Merton in my youth, and I have seen several of Charles Mee’s previous plays, and I find this work a masterpiece, a festive farce which I characterize with two words, sublime ridiculousness, and saying this I am referring to Divine Comedy, here turned upside down for the 21st century; the play starts in Paradise and ends in chaotic Inferno, portraying Humanity in its utter folly, as ever repeated in history -- war and devastation.  This Merton would have understood fully.  So, this raucous farce is also a perfect tribute to Thomas Merton at 100