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Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Theater gets downright experimental in Susan Glaspell’s one-act play “Trifles”, mainly because the protagonist is nowhere to be seen:

Though Mrs. Wright is the central figure in the play, she never appears onstage. She is only referred to by the on-stage characters.

Not that the play is encumbered by the absence. What unfolds is a tightly-plotted story based around the overlooked minutiae (or trifles) of crime-scene investigation, with strong overtones of gender disparity, perceptional bias, and psychological tension thrown in. Not bad for a piece written in 1916, and based on true events on the Midwestern rural crime-beat.

To me, the essence of onstage experimentation is tinkering with the basic structural elements. Shunting the main character to the background while focusing on the aside action certainly qualifies. I think “Trifles” is due for a revival somewhere; I’d love to see it in live action.

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 08/10/2021 11:24pm
Category: Creative, History
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