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By George F. Walker

Canada’s best playwright sears the web page with 3 new darkly comedian performs that denounce political tradition, individualism, and the accompanying ethical depravity. The name play, Dead Metaphor, examines the collision of a politician’s own lives, advanced via a son’s go back from Afghanistan. In The Ravine, a mayoral candidate learns that his ex-wife resides in a gully within reach and desires to place successful on him. The Burden of Self-Awareness has cash on the centre of a dramatic clash of values. all the 3 performs is populated through characters attempting to navigate the more and more blurred strains of what’s correct and fallacious – attempting to constantly remain educated, alert, and able to act for the typical strong. or simply to get even.

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MICHAEL: tough. yet now not very unlikely. He needed to get beautiful shut. JUDY: Who did? MICHAEL: the person that made it. Oh. Or did you suggest it used to be very unlikely to blow him in that make of auto? JUDY: It’s a pretend. MICHAEL: You suggest it’s probably not a BMW? SCENE 3153 JUDY: The tape is a faux. MICHAEL: good whether it is, it’s a rattling strong one. JUDY: i need to determine it. MICHAEL: Why? JUDY: simply because if it’s an outstanding faux then we'd have an issue. I suggest if it is going public, which may be very embarrassing. MICHAEL: For you, you suggest. JUDY: You too. you may have a name on your international that you simply may well like to maintain. MICHAEL: i feel the least you'll have gleaned from my behaviour this previous whereas is that I now not supply a shit approximately my popularity or the rest when it comes to my prestige or social place. i believe it would be the single upside to what I’ve been facing. JUDY: What approximately me? MICHAEL: good i assume you too might choose to now not provide a shit approximately what somebody thinks of you. JUDY: you probably did this, didn’t you? You employed anyone to make that tape. MICHAEL: No. you probably did. good in some way yet Phil wasn’t going to show down the type of cash i used to be delivering and he – JUDY: you were given my detective to do it. MICHAEL: good he used to be continually round so . . . JUDY: hearken to me. if you would like me to prevent my courting with Stanley, that’s no challenge. i used to be simply doing it simply because i used to be determined for the affection and kindness I wasn’t getting from you. MICHAEL: completely legitimate purposes. and because that’s not really to alter in the foreseeable destiny, you need to simply proceed to do no matter what you do with him, everytime you get the urge. JUDY: I should still? MICHAEL: Yeah. I suggest it won’t have any bearing in any respect on what I choose to do with the tape. the one factor that might maintain it from getting published to the clicking and your whole neighbors is your be sure that you won’t get in my approach as i'm going approximately doing what i have to do over the following few weeks. 154The Burden of Self knowledge JUDY: You suggest dismantling my lifestyles. MICHAEL: It’s simply funds, Judy. It’s now not your lifestyles. JUDY: I can’t be negative. MICHAEL: are you able to be heart category? JUDY: What’s the variation? MICHAEL: good no longer that a lot anymore, I’ll provide you with that. yet you’ll have someplace to stay. personal loan loose. And a cheap per 30 days allowance. JUDY: i want extra. MICHAEL: possibly Stanley will supply it to you. Now heavily, will we order a few foodstuff? ( alternatives up his menu) Any of those specials entice you? JUDY: (crying) Michael, why are you doing this to me? MICHAEL: The braised lamb appears to be like solid. you love lamb. JUDY: (trying to forestall crying) definite . . . I do . . . Blackout. • • SCENE four LIANNE and PHIL take a seat on a park bench. LIANNE: What do you suggest she wishes my aid? How does she even find out about me? PHIL: I instructed her. She’s had me following him ever in view that his behaviour grew to become so erratic. LIANNE: so that you informed her, what? That he used to be having an affair? PHIL: No. I advised her that he was once seeing a prostitute. So have you learnt whatever approximately that? LIANNE: approximately what? PHIL: His behaviour. Did anything ensue that’s made him kinda pass off the rails?

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