"A View from the Table"

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Lenzini, Daniel (Israeli director and playwright,1953- ), "A View from the Table,"

a bare-stage comedy-drama in Hebrew set in the grandmother's house, 1960s,


© 1991 by Daniel Lenzini, script/rights available from Daniel Lenzini lenz@inter.net.il. Cited by Daniel Lenzini to present author via e-mail lenz@inter.net.il January 23, 1996; Lenzine says,

Synopsis "An actor, speaking from time to time to the audience, performs all roles in his (supposed) story about sharing his childhood room with his grandmother. A definite eccentric, she also was a liar, an old baby, a lunatic old woman. Through reliving that long-ago everyday shared life with his grandmother, he seeks to understand the origin of his actor instinct. He wonders, where do I come from and what is my heritage? To answer these questions, he must conjure his grandmother's spirit every evening onstage. He learns how much she loved him and shows how he did not thank her until she was dying.

Comment "The actor has only a few clothes to help him present the different characters: him as a child, a teenager, an adult, as well as the grandmother, his mum, and his dad. Music bridges the twelve segments. The title image, a view from the table, derives from his grandmother's habit of putting him on the table in their room in order to chastize him with bad poems about his errors."

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