Category Archives: Sorya

Antic Beauty: The Art of Greg Giovanni

“I don’t want a slice of life.  I see life all the time.” –Greg Giovanni If you want to see kitchen sink drama, there are places to go for that experience–maybe even Thanksgiving at the home of relatives who air … Continue reading

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What are two grumpy dwarves doing in a God play?

What are two grumpy dwarves doing in a God play? Staring at a barn door in the middle of nowhere. Of course, Bodhidharma—founder of Zen Buddhism–spent nine years in a cave, staring at a wall. Perhaps more to the point, … Continue reading

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Love’s Lonely Vigil

I never saw her, yet I travelled; Faithful as the cock who marks each day the dawn, I carved my marks on the bench. I was to come a hundred times; There lacked but one… (from Sotoba Komachi, trans. Arthur Waley) … Continue reading

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Taro and Jiro, Frisky and Wry

Kyogen comedy is arguably even older than Noh drama, but the two forms have been performed together for hundreds of years, with short Kyogen farces providing comic relief from the seriousness of Noh.  The two forms have stylistic similarities but … Continue reading

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Walled Against the World

Both of the plays in A Minor Miracle 1 involve characters who have deliberately withdrawn from society.  In The Dwarfs Are for the Dwarfs, the dwarves of Narnia have seceded as a consequence of disenchantment:  a vision in which they … Continue reading

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