Online Hubbub: The Communist Dracula Pageant, Tuesday, November 4, 2008

What did this play make you think about?

“The horror of living in a country run by a tyrant. Also, Elena made me think about Sarah Palin.”—Susan B.

“The absurdity of Ceausescu’s rule.”—Jon R

“My wife was in Hungary at the time  – the most significant and interesting issues were not covered. For example the revolution was triggered by the inhumane way that the regime treated a Hungarian priest.”—John H

Where were you when the Iron Curtain fell?  When the Berlin Wall came down?  What are your memories?

“I was living in Newton Centre. It did not seem possible. I thought Soviet rule was set in stone.”—Jon R

“I was dealing with my brother-in-laws death at 37 of AIDS and my own diagnosis of breast cancer at 43 years with 2 small children. I remember feeling dispassionate about it because I was living in a dark tent.”—Susan B.

Ceausescu’s fantasies created a reality for the Romanian people.  Have you ever had your reality shaped by someone else’s fantasies?

“Santa Claus, Easter Bunny, religion, wall street panic.”—Susan B.

What else would you like to say about the play?

“It was very well done. The costumes were authentic.”—Jon R

“I love ART.”—Susan B.

“Poorly researched, and patchy dramatically, it did not cover the central issues. I hope Obama’s new regime is better informed!”—John H

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One Response to Online Hubbub: The Communist Dracula Pageant, Tuesday, November 4, 2008

  1. Emmy Norris says:

    Although I know a fair amount about Romania and its history, I was disappointed in the play. I think it was not well written, though the actors were good. Best parts: the absurdity, surrealism, Dracula. The play dragged in the second half with trial and soldiers.

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