Crimes of the Heart | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Michael Feingold

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Critical Essay by Michael Feingold

Beth Henley's Crimes of the Heart has, to my surprise, sickened me instead of boring me. I had expected a piece of southern-fried kitsch that would tickle and lull its audience into peaceful satisfaction. Henley's cuckoo-bird talent, instead, mixes comedy and pathos in quickly alternating doses, like uppers and downers for an extended high, a trick that irritates me even in Chekhov, who at his best managed to fuse the two: All the disparate bits, in a play like Three Sisters, turn out on closer examination to be linked in theme and image.

Not so the three sisters of Henley's Hazelhurst, Mississippi: The playwright's pity and mockery are aimed at them in laser-gun bursts, arbitrary and unnerving, that have no organic connection and no deep roots. The play gives the impression of gossiping about...

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