For the script being about a couple of dramaturges, I was skeptical at first. Once I got into the text I was submersed which humor that can only be funny if read and acted straight up. This is a great script and will direct this show!
by christopher herod
2/23/2016 8:07 AM
Bringing the audience into the world of dramaturgy
“Blame It On Beckett” tackles the world of literary management and dramaturgy. It is a premise that seems incestuous; plays about the world of theatre can easily be inaccessible or full of in-jokes. “Blame It On Beckett” does a surprisingly good job of keeping the audience in mind. The average theatre-goer has little to no idea what a dramaturg is, but Heidi serves as an excellent entry-point character. Her experience makes the otherwise obscure job understandable, without dumbing down the ins and outs of the industry. Making this normal under-advertised world even more easily accessible to the audience is the fact that this is a story we know. A wide-eyed girl lands the entry-level job of her dreams, only to find herself becoming cynical and jaded as she learns what it takes to rise to the top.
Heidi’s professional goals are different from what we are used to seeing in this age-old story. Ultimately, that may be the only new thing “Blame It On Beckett” brings to the table. Snappy dialogue and charmingly brusque characters make this play a joy. But, “Blame It On Beckett” is far from breathing new life into this story; the final product is a humorous and well-constructed play that is clearly serving as a vehicle to point out the problems facing literary managers and dramaturges working in the modern American theatre.
by Kati Frazier
5/12/2013 11:09 PM
A Cynical look at the literary business
Just as its title suggests, “Blame it On Beckett” is a slightly satirical look at its own business of dramaturgy and play submissions. It is always healthy for an industry to be self-critical and this is one of the several dramatic pieces that does just that. The main character, Heidi, enters the literary office of a major theater company with hopes, dreams, and integrity and exits the play a mere shadow of that original, idealistic woman. Not only is this a relatable theme in the theatrical business, but in almost any place of work. This universality is perhaps one of the play’s strongest qualities.
Morogiello’s dialogue is fast-moving, sharp, and hard-hitting. His characters tend not to spare each other’s feelings by being delicate or beating around the bush. This provides for a stark, although melancholy, environment where all the people on stage are anti-heroes and the audience find themselves rooting both for and against them. This is an advantage at several points in the play. However, there are moments when the cynicism is simply overdone. At times the reader can find that it is difficult to sympathize with anyone on stage. To his credit, Morogiello manages to bring the more redeeming characters back into our good graces by the finish.
At the end of the day, “Blame it on Beckett” is an interesting look at human nature and the phenomenon of what people will do to get ahead, even sacrificing their morals and art. It is a theme that everyone can relate to on some level.
by Jessica Otterbine
4/23/2013 2:22 PM