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      One of the great perks of working on a play is discovering cool stuff within the script

      One of the great perks of working on a play is discovering cool stuff within the script. Little nuggets of wisdom or challenge or stretching. In the opening scene of the second act of PROOF, Robert the father, and his daughter Catherine are in a heated discussion. It begins as a mild disagreement regarding what to eat for dinner, then escalates into a major altercation regarding Catherine's decision to go away to college, and moves fairly quickly into a heated exploration

      “Let's back off the problem, let it breathe, come at it again when it's not looking.” Wouldn't that be great if we could do that when we're in the midst of a confrontation or an altercation or disagreement of some sort? Just back off...let it breathe...and revisit it at a later time.

      I find this particularly good advice when I read an email following a rough or stressful day and when the email's tone just causes the hair on the back of my neck to rise. I need to program my computer to pop up with the message: back off, let it breathe, come at it again when it's not looking.” Instead what I usually do is whip off a rambling rant and hit the SEND button. There should be a block on the SEND button.

      Nationally and internationally, couldn't we put this into practice? “Let's back off the problem, let it breathe, come at it agin when it's not looking.” Korea? Ukraine?

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