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December 24, 2013

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I agree with you that this was a very boring play. However, to my way of thinking, it was a sinister play for it advocated that people should be happy in playing a supporting role – not unlike the handmaidens of Margaret Atwood’s novel. More surprising the play was written by a woman when it is really a put down for women. Some of the philosophy is almost from Nietzsche but without the power. One wonders how so much resource was spent for this? Are there better uses for the limited money for the arts?

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While I agree "The (curious case of) The Watson Intelligence" was flawed, I think it had far more to offer than this conversation has so far allowed. To me the point is not that "people should be happy in playing a supporting role"--it's not prescriptive in that way. There are two ongoing and intersecting explorations. One is of what we create when we try to create the "perfect" other; the second is the need to learn to value the kind of "genius" that allows one person to back another without seeking the spotlight. I always enjoy a role reversal of the Pygmalion myth--what does a woman create when she creates the "perfect" man? And I enjoyed this idea of "The Watson Intelligence"--not the intelligence GIVEN TO a Watson to make "him" perfect, but the native intelligence that knows how to reflect and shape the more commonly acknowledged "genius." Of course the playwright was trying to unhook the concept from the usual gender roles--a complex task, not fully achieved. I was entertained by all the different pairings, however, and only disappointed by the ending, which seemed far too simplistic for the questions raised. After complicating the issue of HOW to connect--do we enjoy the "perfect" other we create? can we afford to acknowledge the intelligence that feeds and shapes our own without feeling it is controlling us?--the ending I saw (in previews; don't know if it survived the run) seemed to flatten everything into an uncomplicated "Only connect."

... the reversal of the Pygmalion myth ... I'm trying to think of others earlier than this one ... what might they be ... ?

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