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Friday, November 8, 2002

Homecoming and Chekhov

Busy, busy at work today. I was in meetings from 8:30 till 1:00 which is not good. I tend to be a bit numb when it goes on that long. I also had so much to do at my desk.

After work I walked over to the U library to check my home mail while waiting for the film to start. The mall was jumping with people getting ready for the football game tomorrow. I realized it was homecoming. I tend to forget about that sort of thing till I walk right into it. It looked like they had a bonfire ready to go and I didn't even know they did bonfires. Since I only had 2 1/2 years at college I never got into the alumni thing.

The film tonight in the International Film was "Vanya on 42nd Street" directed by Louise Malle. The actors gather to rehearse Chekov's "Uncle Vanya" in the old New Amsterdam Theater in New York City. The play starts before we realize as they just start talking. Everyone dreams of what they want, and won't get, and never get out of the rut. When the blow up comes at the end everyone ends up back to what they were and never really get anywhere. It was a bit of deja vu as I saw Chekhov's "Three Sister" a couple weeks ago with the same theme, people who just dream of what they want but never really get it.

There's nothing wrong with dreaming but you have to go on with your life, not just sit around hoping and giving up. We never get what we want. Not exactly. Nothing turns out like we wanted it to so we have to keep changing and moving on. Chekov's characters just seem to get stuck and blame everyone and circumstances for their problems instead of changing. I enjoyed the film and liked the casual way that it was done.

Rachel Aschmann 2002.
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