This week I'm feeling a little crappy: I have a persistent head/ear ache, I'm constantly tired, and I feel lazy in lab, which is funny because last week I was happy as a clam. (How do we know clams are happy? They don't even have a central nervous system, which implies that although they have tactile sensation and limited movement, they probably don't have feelings. But they must be, because that's just how happy I was, and I was very happy.) On Tuesday I took a break from my bit of gloom and went to see The Cat in the Hat on Trial.
The New Haven Festival of Arts and Ideas included this little show, in which an authentic (but costumed) judge and prosecutor charged the Cat in the Hat with breaking and entering, in addition to many other offenses, like scaring a goldfish. They brought Sally and Her Brother (apparently unnamed in the book?), Thing One and Thing Two, and the Fish out as witnesses for the case, and at the end the judged asked the jury (the audience) to render a verdict. Much to the dismay of one bad-seed parent who kept shouting, "GUILTY!", the Cat was set free.
The show was fun and entertaining, but I thought it could have been better written, and practiced a bit more. It was clear that the characters had lines (they often used notebooks for cues), and they started out being in rhyme, but that was soon forgotten. Still, it was fun, and a great show. There was complete chaos (Sam I Am came in a few times, offering us green eggs and ham), and the kids roared. So good times.
Hmm, non-rhyming poetry. I don't see why not. But if it's not lyrical, then why write as if it is? Why can't that poem be in paragraph format instead? Does the format dictate how it's read (pause after each line)? I understand that the sound of the words is supposed to evoke feeling apart from the meaning, but I got a lot more 'sound' feeling from reading a paragraph of narrative.