Fish Fry Picnics in The Green Pastures

Fish Fry Picnics in The Green Pastures

Broadway audiences ignored issues of racial stereotyping in The Green Pastures, Marc Connelly’s dramatization of Roark Bradford’s Ol’ Man Adam. * How charming to see African American angels with white wings dressed in brightly colored robes preparing for their eternal...
Bowles’ Silly Picnic In the Summer House

Bowles’ Silly Picnic In the Summer House

People do silly things at picnics, and Jane Bowles’ play In the Summer House proves the rule. Bowles means for the play to be absurd, and she succeeds. The play begins with a lawn picnic at which characters with tenuous relationships incessantly bicker. When Mr....
Do Re Me Picnic in The Sound of Music

Do Re Me Picnic in The Sound of Music

Neither Wolfgang Liebeneiner’s film Die Trapp-Familie (1956) nor Rodgers and Hammerstein Broadway production of The Sound of Music (1959) has a picnic. But Robert Wise came at the Trapp family in a different environmental context. His film adaptation The Sound of...
Picnic Clambake in Carousel

Picnic Clambake in Carousel

As everyone knows, a picnic is happy, and Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein’s “A Real Nice Clambake” celebrates the camaraderie and good spirits, while a the same time providing a recipe for the clambake: codfish chowder (with onions and ribbons of salt pork)...

Stoppard’s “Wickerwork Picnic Baskets”

Tom Stoppard’s Artist Descending a Staircase (1972) includes the memorable metaphor: “Skill without imagination is craftsmanship and gives us many useful objects such as wickerwork picnic baskets. Imagination without skill gives us modern art.” A neat turn of phrase....
Becket’s Picnic Setting for Waiting for Godot

Becket’s Picnic Setting for Waiting for Godot

Samuel Beckett’s idea of being picnicky is to be separate, unhappy, and poorly fed. So in Waiting for Godot (En antendant Godot), the picnic is topsy-turvy: the setting, a bleak tree without leaves; the atmosphere, foreboding; the food, meagre, and the camaraderie,...