Love and scandal are the best sweeteners of tea. —Henry Fielding

29 March 2008

The Nilo Cruz Play

For years—since the play became hugely popular and everyone started doing it—I have been unable to remember the title of Anna in the Tropics. I always call it "the Nilo Cruz play" and then people tell me the play's title but I promptly forget it.

Anna in the Tropics won the Pulitzer Prize for drama in 2003, of course, and it is kind of ridiculous that I haven't read it, but it was assigned to me for class on Monday and now I've finally read the play. I doubt that will have any impact on me remembering the play's title, however.

I don't get this play. I don't get what happens in it; I don't get why everyone loves it so much; I don't get why it won the Pulitzer; I don't get Cruz's themes. Worse yet, I think the play is kinda sleepy, and by sleepy I mean boring.