I saw a production of The Children’s Hour by Lillian Hellman last night. It’s an important piece of theatre, but it has always been a supremely unenjoyable experience for me seeing it performed. I just end up getting pissed off at the close-minded moralists who end up destroying the lives of good people, and the sheep who go along with them allowing it to happen. The same is true for me with Arthur Miller’s The Crucible – an extraordinary play and I hate watching it.
Unfortunately, while those two plays are fictional, the characters in The Children’s Hour and The Crucible are real, and live today, manifesting themselves in people like Rick Santorum.
[in reference to states’ rights issues of gay marriage and marijuana legalization, his spokesman writes] “Senator Santorum is certainly an advocate for states’ rights, but he believes as Abraham Lincoln – that states do not have the right to legalize moral wrongs.”
And thus the destruction of peoples’ lives through denying marriage and jailing plant users becomes a moral imperative akin (in their small minds) to freeing the slaves.
Yes, it’s one more play that I find extremely unenjoyable to watch, but this one isn’t in the theatre.