Janus or Pluto?: (Some) theatre on video and film

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From my “Playwright at Liberty” page.

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The astonishing (and astonishingly beautiful) Justin Kirk in "Angels in America." The astonishing (and astonishingly beautiful) Justin Kirk in “Angels in America.”

Much of my home-video viewing of late has been either of plays transmitted for television or of movies adapted from the stage. Accepting as a given that what is designed for the live theatre can never be experienced in quite the same way through any other medium, the differences in approach and the limitations of form present some interesting contours for contemplation. Take, for example, two filmed stage plays of recent vintage, seen back-to-back, more through random choice than design. (Or were they? The mind makes its patterns where only chance and whim seemingly prevail. However…)

Thomas Gibson and Matthew Ferguson as an unlikely potential couple in "Love and Human Remains" Matthew Ferguson and Thomas Gibson as an unlikely potential couple in “Love and Human Remains”

First, Love and Human Remainsthe 1993 movie of the Canadian dramatist Brad Fraser’s superb — and, given its unabashed gay perspective, surprisingly popular — 1989 play Unidentified Human Remains and…

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