Just a short comment on what everyone has already written about but for various reasons, we have just seen:
“Manchester by the Sea” (a film) and “The Humans” (a play) plus “The Present” (comments last week)… were, discounting the extraordinary acting abilities of the thespian contributors and the deft literary talents of the playwrights (which of course we can’t discount), the overall effect was: A Trifecta of Misery.
What we might have learned from all of this was:
– Don’t take cocaine, put another log on the fire and go get more beer.
– Don’t try to seduce your best friend/sister’s etc. husband/wife during a celebratory dinner; you’ll end up blaming somebody else.
– Don’t use “four-letter words” so often they don’t mean anything anymore.
– Don’t cheat on your wife ‘cause she’ll find out anyway.
– Don’t keep loaded guns readily available in the house.
Of course, there are a few more, but these “anti-morality plays” are an anthropologist’s dream because we humans often behave as any vertebrates (or invertebrates) do. Read “Wild Sex” by Ph.D author Carin Bondar and you’ll understand what I’m alluding to.
If you’re ever trying to make sense of it all… you’ll have fun with HER BOOK! It’s all about who’s faithful to whom.