The Mailer Review/Volume 2, 2008/Mailer at the Théâtre Du Grand Guignol

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Written by
Daniele Pantano
Note: “Le Théâtre du Grand Guignol” refers to the notorious Parisian shock theatre founded in 1897 by Oscar Méténier, the naturalistic playwright. It closed in 1962.

Fifty lifeless characters animated.

The audience, astonished, reflects upon the preeminent importance:
A curtain that never falls.

Performance and terror often contain an unconscious existence.

Vacuous eyes

Nonchalantly rising above any great and definite achievement,
While the Playbill attends a memorable ceremony:

A writer’s death flanked by language.

The stage conceives a stranger, a sage, matters of occultism,
In an attempt to stimulate man’s inner need
To move toward an addressable reality.

But the audience still believes in imitation, nothing more . . .

The applause raucous.