Abstract

Abstract:

Sarah Ruhl's How to Transcend a Happy Marriage, an inquisitive comedy about polyamory, communion, and our animal nature, was criticized for its plot-light, meandering form that juggled ideas without bringing them to conclusion. In this article I argue that Ruhl has created an innovative hybrid form-a Woolfian "essay-play"-in which plot and argument are secondary to wandering, wondering, and idea-inebriated pleasure. In contrast to the traditional play of ideas, the essay-play invites the audience into the process of thinking rather than presenting them with finished thoughts; its essayistic aesthetic is also an ethic, one that leaves breathing room for the audience.

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Additional Information

ISSN
2165-2686
Print ISSN
0888-3203
Pages
pp. 29-44
Launched on MUSE
2020-02-28
Open Access
No
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