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Tragedy a Tragedy was particularly brilliant. I wanted to like this so muchthan I did. Will Eno has such a unique voice in modern theatre I love his use of surreal and absurd features with such human cores Love. Love Flu Season, Not so much on the other two Eno admits in the production notes to this collection s titular play that his attempt, for that piece, is to write something, brave and new and moving and meaningful, rather than just experimental for the sake of being experimental I estimate by the remaining two pieces in this collection thin sketches of ideas that lack forward narrative progression or nuanced human observation that experimental is the dramatic standard he believes worth exploring I estimate he attempts these experime Eno admits in the production notes to this collection s titular play that his attempt, for that piece, is to write something, brave and new and moving and meaningful, rather than just experimental for the sake of being experimental I estimate by the remaining two pieces in this collection thin sketches of ideas that lack forward narrative progression or nuanced human observation that experimental is the dramatic standard he believes worth exploring I estimate he attempts these experiments because he is attempting something, brave and new and moving and meaningful with these forms In my estimation his writing fails his test This work seems to scream authorial intrusion where the characters imagined are nothingthan ventriloquist dummies for Eno s solipsism His writing lacks mature observation corresponding to anything other than the effete absurdities of someone who is trying much too hard to do something new How this guy gets produced and has been lauded confuses me Good, but not great insightful, but not profound Will Eno struggles against all odds to portray life and give it meaning, and to unearth some truth or understanding He fails, yes, but only just slightly He searches deep into the human experience and finds some pure gems, but he never quite manages to bring them to the surface Instead, they remain just underneath They call to the reader as if from underwater, and only little bubbles come up, the remnants of powerful and valuable words spoke Good, but not great insightful, but not profound Will Eno struggles against all odds to portray life and give it meaning, and to unearth some truth or understanding He fails, yes, but only just slightly He searches deep into the human experience and finds some pure gems, but he never quite manages to bring them to the surface Instead, they remain just underneath They call to the reader as if from underwater, and only little bubbles come up, the remnants of powerful and valuable words spoken just beneath the surface Much of this perhaps most is Eno s fault He seems afraid of his own shadow, of what he might find, or of what we, his audience, might think of him When prefacing Tragedy A Tragedy which should in and of itself tip the reader off that Eno is too self conscious and unsure to let his writing and the powerful title speak for themselves he writes movingly about a reporter who, Stands for us, somehow, standing there He stands for us standing here wondering what we re standing here for Us, in the wrong place, the wrong time, in a sort of rapture, with life behind us Us, with only the early technology of our vocabulary, a tongue, trying to identify the rapturous, trying to sum up the miraculous, standing right in front of it Possibly 74 Possibly, he writes, as if he fears he has gone too far in humanizing the character, and the audience It is, in its full context, somewhat clever But this very wit that so often propels him to moments of greatness, both in this collection and in Thom Pain, can be equally detrimental When he uses it well, it can augment his insight But sometimes, as in this instance it serves to disguise his fear And that fear, of course, is exactly what Eno repeatedly tries to address in his work How can a writer address the fear of being human, when he is too afraid to write it honestly When he hides behind humor, and cannot will himself to bring what gems he has mined into the open, for all to see If Will Eno ever learns how to manage this, he ll deserve a five star rating But until then, a disappointing four stars for the immense effort and wit he has managed to pull together, without actually reaching his and our desires I may need to re read thisIt is not a light transit read Eloquently and masterfully protesting mortality yet even the protest grows old. Will Eno is one of the most brilliant playwrights of this age I adore his cynical viewpoint and humor The Flu Season is my favorite play, and probably always will be. ^DOWNLOAD ☔ The Flu Season and Other Plays ⇲ Will Eno is one of the finest younger playwrights I have come across in a number of years His work is inventive, disciplined and, at the same time, wild and evocative His ear is splendid and his mind is agile Edward Albee An original, a maverick wordsmith whose weird, wry dramas gurgle with the grim humor and pain of life Eno specializes in the connections of the unconnected, the apologetic murmurings of the disengaged GuardianWinner of theOppenheimer Award for best New York debut by an American playwright, The Flu Season is a reluctant love story, in spite of itself Set in a hospital and a theater, it is a play that revels in ambivalence and derives a flailing energy from its doubts whether a love story is ever really a love storyWill Eno has been called a Samuel Beckett for the Jon Stewart generationNew York Timeshe is a playwright with an extraordinary voice and a singular theatrical vision Also included in this volume are Tragedy A Tragedy and IntermissionWill Eno is the author ofThom Pain based on nothing , which ran for a year Off Broadway and was aPulitzer Prize finalist Other works include Oh, the Humanity and other good intentions, The Flu Season, Tragedy a tragedy, and Intermission