Talley's Folly

Topics: Lanford Wilson, Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Talley's Folly Pages: 2 (715 words) Published: October 8, 1999
Folly- Any foolish and useless but expensive undertakingThe play Talley's Folly, in my opinion, is just that a folly. However the play would be better named "Wilson's Folly" for the writer, Lanford Wilson. I had several objections to this play being considered a classic. It was composed of nothing but petty details in dialogue. It also had no plot or any creative twists to it that would make a reader want to continue to read the play, and consisted of two surpassingly ordinary and one overly used setting.The characters in Talley's Folly spend the entire play delving into their pasts and telling each other the most mundane details of their lives. Matt, the Jewish accountant, spends much time explaining the fact the he can add and subtract numbers like lightning and how he is good at puzzles. He spends even more time telling his entire life story, including every detail which the reader could have lived happily without reading. He also goes into describing small things such as dreams he has had, songs he has heard, and the accent which he believes he has lost. In fact, almost everything he says is petty and unnecessary to be included in the play. Sally Talley, the nurse's aid who the play is apparently named after, spends the entire play doing two things. These consist of criticizing Matt and teaching him to ice skate. The whole section of dialogue coming from Sally's end is devoted to these two purposes.Talley's Folly was the first play I have ever read which is utterly plotless. As the entire play consists of the characters discussing their pasts and mundane details of their lives, the author does not find the time to build a plot in the whole of the play. Sure, every reader comes out knowing the characters like the back of their hand, but I was not able to derive a point through my reading. The author may have had a larger base of readers had he inserted this rather important literary device when he wrote the play.A lack of...
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