'Grasses Of A Thousand Colors': Wallace Shawn's Shaggy Cat Story
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Wallace Shawn's play Grasses of a Thousand Colors, which opened last night at the Public Theater, is basically a very long shaggy cat story - absurdist, intriguing, and sometimes humorous - but if it has any point at all it would seem to be that scientists shouldn't muck about with the food chain.
The conceit of Grasses is that the audience is attending a reading that a doctor named Ben is giving of his voluminous memoirs, and it is only after it gets under way that one gradually comes to the realization that despite his genial manner he's mad as a hatter and a sexaholic.
The saga opens with Shawn strolling onstage wearing a black brocade dressing gown, black pajamas with a black polka dot ascot knotted at his neck, and black velvet slippers on his feet. He ambles over to a lectern upon which rests a glass of water and a small vial of some liquid - a drug of indefinite origin but given what follows could be LSD, which he imbibes - along with a huge book that would make the O.E.D.
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