Beauty, Kindness, & the Joyful Criticism of Evil!
Where: Aesthetic Realism Foundation
141 Greene St.
212-777-4490 Price: $15
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Come see and hear the Aesthetic Realism Theatre Company’s thrilling dramatic and musical production of “Beauty, Kindness, & the Joyful Criticism of Evil.”
Featured will be a presentation of “The Meaning of Punch & Judy” —with comic scenes from that wild play. “The Meaning of Punch & Judy” is a magnificent talk that was given in 1953 by Eli Siegel, the great American poet and critic, and founder of the education Aesthetic Realism. In it, Mr. Siegel explained:
“There is a desire on the part of humanity to see evil so purely that the result becomes hilarious and valuable. Punch is evil unadorned. There is a certain joy about him—when he gives way to the worst in him, he doesn’t dress it up and confuse it with fake pieties. So people feel, “Ah, this is in us: I see states in me as if they were outward.” You feel relieved. You feel now that you’ve seen the worst you can get down to work opposing it.”
There will also be “Holiday Songs Are Criticism as Joy,” which will include carols and the “Hallelujah Chorus” from Handel’s Messiah–all presented with important commentary on their meaning for every person now!Buy tickets/get more info now