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Freud Comes To Life, As He is Dying!

Posted by Dr. Vollmer on February 7, 2013

Judd Hirsch is Sigmund Freud and Tom Cavanagh is C.S. Lewis in "Freud's Last Session."

“A lively intellectual sword fight” Jana Monji says in her review. Set on September 3, 1939, the day that France and Great Britain declare war against Germany. Freud is a “man whose mind is darkened by physical discomfort and the exile,” she says, but given Freud’s work on the dark side of human nature, it is my suspicion that his mind was ‘darkened’ way before his illness or World War II. “the extent of Freud’s illness is a mitigating factor in Lewis’ attack and we see this clearly in Cavanagh’s portrayal,” Ms. Monji reports. So, the sword fight is uneven. Freud is in the compromised position, perhaps similar to a client, making this Freud’s last session, not as the doctor, but as the patient. “The play ends with Freud listening to the BBB radio broadcast of King George announcing Great Britain’s entry into war and asking for G-d’s blessing,” she states, wanting the reader to know that the play, as with the dark times of 1939 leaves one feeling helpless, while pleading for a turn of events. She concludes, “Cavanagh and Hirsch give revealing, nuanced performances that are a special rare treat.” As nuance is my life’s work, I am excited about “Shirah’s First Talkback”.


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