in Gides burst of honest self-expression; he was no longer repressing important parts of himself. But Gide was adamant, declaring: I must, absolutely must lift this cloak of lies that has sheltered me since my youth Im stifling under it! We have to wonder how disingenuous Gide was in refusing to understand Madeleines pain, for an ever greater change now occurred in his behaviour: he began publishing works that spoke openly about homosexuality. He wrote to a friend describing how one night I wrapped myself in anguish, actually believing I was going mad Sometimes Im terrified to feel in my heart such a need for love In his journal he described the compulsion he suffered to drop everything. In return, Madame Gide pulled out all the stops: Your nerves must be unbalanced Lets hope it doesnt all end in some disease cerebral fever, typhoid fever, nervous fever! He had been awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1947, and had his books banned by the Vatican. In an unpublished note, he wrote that Wilde was always trying to insinuate inside you the authorization of evil. Manhattan memorial service for Andre Gerard, who died. All of them also have names, with one exception.
I think with a sort of distress of the life that Cuverville holds in store for me and from which I dont see how I will be able to escape, except by breaking bonds and freeing myself from the most revered and cherished obligations. In the distance between the two of them, his creativity grew, sometimes twisted and painful, sometimes vigorous and wild.
In the play Andre s Mother by Terence McNally Andr e s mother does not speak in the play, her silence supports the theme because it shows. Cal is Cal, his father is Arthur, his sister is Penny, but Andre s mother is just that: Andre s Mother. She is silent, unreadable, and unknowable. If it s true that most dramas about homosexuals deal with comin g out and dying.
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None of the three characters can articulate the void left by Andre, but their attempts to do so create an intimacy that the silent mother is locked out. Thompson's stony mother, her eyes frosted like glazed buttons, delivers a steely performance, her silence plumbing the depths of denial, confusion and pain. Cal shares a few more details, admits his bitterness, and then, with a curt goodbye, leaves her. She doesn't like what he was to her son. Throughout his childhood he would spend long holidays and visits with his mothers family at Cuverville, where his five cousins lived. Mothers Sons first begins, Katharine and Cal are on equal footing in his apartment, possibly ready, at last, to find closure. 'Andre's Mother' is one. The play, which McNally originally wrote as an eight-minute piece for the Manhattan Theatre Club in New York and then expanded to a still-brief 45-minute teleplay, is like a chamber concert that builds to a symphonic score. (McNally even admits that Andres grandmother, a character created for the PBS version and played by Sylvia Sidney, wound up having more lines than the mother by the end.). But in an age where sexuality was rarely spoken about, even between married couples, and given the inevitable innocence of Madeleine, coupled with Andrs own convenient beliefs about women, it is not surprising that their marriage settled down into a chaste, unconsummated union. That's evocatively the case in playwright Terrence McNally's "Andre's Mother a pristine, almost elegiac "American Playhouse" production tonight at 10 on Channel.