Wednesday, January 30, 2008

What's wrong with Ella?

Miss Prothero's Books was invited to the Denver Center Theatre Company's production of Plainsong on Saturday, January 26th. It was part of a bookseller/librarian/writer appreciation night. Rob and I couldn't pass up the invitation. The reception was pretty simple, and the booksellers, librarians, and writers didn't mix much. I understood that. A certain reticence is requisite to the professions. And what were we there for, the play or the turkey sandwiches?

The play was wonderful. Be warned. It's long. It has the quiet pace of high plains life. The McPheron brothers threaten to steal the show. Their tale is the easy one to tell. In the hands of a less gifted company, it could have slipped right into a pool of sentiment. The production also does justice to the more complicated lives of the Guthrie brothers, Ike and Bobbie. (Ella, by the way, is Mrs. Guthrie. You'll have to go to the show to find out what's wrong with her.)

I also just finished William Haywood Henderson's Augusta Locke. I'm not sure I buy the "happy ending", but Henderson's prose is elegant and well worth the read.

If you're interested in Kent Haruf or Henderson, we have a copy of Augusta Locke on the shelves. We do not have Plainsong at the moment, but do have The Tie that Binds and Eventide.

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