Originally Posted by RSS
Those of us who have been to architecture school have had lots of practice in how to talk without saying anything.
I know it's unseemly to quote myself ... but what the hell.
I was just thinking of Oren Safdie's play Private Jokes, Public Places
. Safdie is the son of archtiect, Moshe Safdie and his play nails the psychology of several stereotypical -- and all too often deadly accurate -- architectural personalities. I highly recommend it.
I saw a production at Aurora Theatre in Berkeley. Their space is small and offers seating in the round (actually a U). I was seated across from the mother of a fellow professional. On the way out of the theatre I stopped to talk to her. She said to me, "I didn't watch the play, I watched you and your reactions. You were much more entertaining."
Below is a brief review of the Aurora production of the play:Oren Safdie, the son of famed architect Moshe Safdie, has written a biting satire on academia, relationships, and the importance of challenging tradition. Set during the presentation of an architectural thesis, Korean-American Margaret stands before an all-white male jury of famous architects and presents her plans for a public swimming pool. Touted as "an hour and a quarter of laughter...inspired and astonishing" (New York Times), Private Jokes, Public Places is a thought-provoking, whirling dervish of controversy and conflict. As the questions, retorts and wildly disparate points of view propagate, this take-no-prisoners comedy swells to a surprising conclusion.