Sunday, November 12, 2006

Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing

I hit up the Rockliffe Book Fair last weekend and ended up with a handful of plays, purchased for about a dollar each. From that stack, I chose Thomson Highway's Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing to read on the train from Ottawa to Kingston.

Forewarned is forearmed: this is not a script for the faint of heart. That said, if you're a visual person, this is maybe not a play for you to see in person. The script may be as close as you want to get. And then again, maybe as close as you want to get is just to read this review of Dry Lips and its 'twin'(?) The Rez Sisters.

Graphic rape scene, issues of alcoholism, Christianity, etc. aside, if I can find one thing good to say about this book, it's that Highway does a good job expressing anger, confusion, helplessness, and frustration with concision.

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