September 17, 2018
A short analysis of the play “Lasso of Truth” by Carson Kreitzer
How would you describe the play?
One Simple Sentence
Lasso of Truth is a story about self discovery
One Complex Sentence
Lasso of Truth is about exploring deep into the psyche, empirically and heuristically, and confronting the true sources of one’s behavior
Lasso of Truth is a story hapenning in parallel between the creator of Wonder Woman comics and an admirer of his works, both trying to explore and find the truth in their desires. One by practicing them and the other by researching it, each learning to peel layer by layer and pushing away their presumptions to ultimately find the truth about themselves, the ones around them, and the world they live in.
Visiting the Lasso planet
The world is your typical western culture, mostly american but can err on the victorian side for the silver or bronze era it explores. Time moves linearly in this world, although we are free in moving back and forth in time and space just by flicking through pages of a comic. Sort of like reviewing your day at the end of the night and only seeing epochs pass before your eyes. Your mind is selective and you can’t help but to focus on what you thought was important.
It’s always Autumn in this world. It might rain more on the victorian side a bit more so it justifies the hats and raincoats, but the more American future is just cold and windy a bit when it gets dark, to justify the jackets. The past is seen more like film-noire type of setting, with dramatic short sentences and the distrust that flows in between characters, but mostly in themselves.
The film-noire type mood is serious and dramatic, but sometimes broken with natural humour that happens. Although that could also be a product of how we imagine the past as a more serious world compared to our contemporary world full of comic reliefs for almost every setting imaginable. In the past there are serious movements going on outside the windows. Fights for rights and the right for power, but what kind of power? Same fights are also going on inside the home and inside each person. Each character is absolutely powerful in their own way and absolutely powerless in another way, and always wondering how it would be to have the power on the other side. No one is ever satisfied and when they achieve what is expedient, the question always is: now what?
And that seems to be the transition point between the beginning and the end. All characters begin with a desire for the truth. A truth about themselves, but in order to achieve it they must surround themselves with various metaphorical mirrors to see themselves in it as they truly are. And that also means making sure the people and things they want to see themselves in are also absolutely honest and mirror-like. Then the only thing left to grapple with is their own perception of reality. So the picture begins with desire, and ends with “now what”, and in-between a long journey inside and out. They never actually achieve meaning, but that finding the truth is at least a step towards finding meaning.
Finally I as viewer is comfortably watching these people struggling to find the truth by any means necessary, finding the grapples with their own biases amusing. Meanwhile as a part of this world i have no idea how clear the lens i use to look at this world is. This could all be a skewed projection of my own questions and struggles on a story, just like the girl looking to find her origins in the #8 comic.