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100 Essays I Don’t Have Time to Write: On Umbrellas and Sword Fights, Parades and Dogs, Fire Alarms.

By Sarah Ruhl

100 Essays I Don’t Have Time to Write: On Umbrellas and Sword Fights, Parades and Dogs, Fire Alarms.

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Started reading:
28 September 2014
Finished reading:
4 October 2014

Review

A charming collection of observations, most only a page or two, some intimately connected to life in theater, some perhaps less so. The 100 Essays take up barely 200 pages, and while she could easily have gone on much longer, I think it praiseworthy that in each one she said what she thought needed to be said, and then got out of the way. Ruhl’s self-described “old-fashioned” plays, she has said, are about people’s subjective reactions to life, so seeing Ruhl’s own subjective reactions to life is instructive on several levels at once, and the collection can be appreciated both by regular theater-goers and by those who haven’t set foot in a theater in decades.