Review – Pound

Playwright Sean O’Leary has weighed in on a fascinating historical puzzle.  Acclaimed poet and literary influencer Ezra Pound disgraced himself with anti-Semitic broadcasts in favor of Italy’s fascist government during World War II.  Returned to the US in 1945 he was committed to an asylum under threat of treason charges.  With the support of one of my favorite writers, Archibald MacLeish, he was released in 1958 and returned to Italy where he retreated into what was named “the Great Silence” until his death in 1972.  Why such an articulate and opinionated mind would withdraw as he did has never been satisfactorily explained.  Mr. O’Leary has a fascinating theory that I will not spoil.  While I am not entirely satisfied, I am intrigued.

The production is fascinating with talented performers Kate Abbruzzese as Ann Polley (Policiano), Cynthia Darlow as Nurse Priscomb, and Redman Maxfield as Archibald MacLeish.  It is ably directed by Kathleen Butler and still has me thinking.  Unfortunately I cannot fairly review Christopher Lloyd as Ezra Pound as he was pretty heavily still on book when I saw the second preview of the play.  Disappointing.  This is a play that should be seen and discussed.  Hopefully Mr. Lloyd has now committed his lines and blocking to memory (he was unfortunately being directed on the fly during the performance by other actors).  It is worth seeing and worth discussing by those of us with an interest in historical drama.  See it at Theater Row in NYC

OB Pound

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