Entries by Alan Godwin

The Drama Review (April 20, 2018)

Dear drama observers, Along the way, I’ve heard various iterations of the following statement: “If you want to spot a counterfeit, get to know the real thing.” Counterfeiting ain’t so easy these days. What with high tech scanning capabilities, the job of a counterfeiter is much harder than before. In times past, your counterfeit twenty […]

The Drama Review (April 13, 2018)

Dear drama observers, Lately, there have been numerous examples of people in the news using their power positions for nefarious purposes. Some of these have been political figures, some religious. The lure of power is certainly not gender-confined but the specific cases to which I’m referring have all been men. I’m reminded of Lord Acton’s […]

The Drama Review (April 6, 2018)

Dear drama observers, Dramas are fun to watch, I’ve said many times, but they’re not so fun when you’re in them. A while back, I asked a friend if she’d be willing to share what it was like for her to be raised by drama people—narcissists to be specific. I thought I’d re-post it because […]

The Drama Review (March 30, 2018)

Dear reminiscing drama readers, Have you ever been asked, “Do you realize it’s been X years since such-and-such happened?” Like you, I usually have two reactions: 1) Sadness that I’m now that old and 2) Shock that time has passed so quickly. Those were my exact reactions when I realized recently that 50 years has […]

The Drama Review (March 23, 2018)

Dear flummoxed-by-the-drama readers, I was asked recently to consult with an organization making good faith efforts to handle one of its members—a drama person. I’ll spare you the gory details but this guy had acted unethically, covered up his transgressions, and denied involvement right up to the time when the evidence became too overwhelming to […]

The Drama Review (March 16, 2018)

Dear drama watchers, If you’re a regular reader of The Drama Review—and I think there may be a 12-step group for that—you’ve heard me say many times, “You can’t reason with an unreasonable person.” I recently came across a similar quote by Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the German theologian executed by the Gestapo for his role in […]

The Drama Review (March 9, 2018)

Dear drama watchers, In response to the question, “How’ve you been lately?”, we’ll sometimes blithely say, “Oh, I’ve been really busy.” But lately, I’ve been REALLY busy. Between conducting my seminar on the road, maintaining my private practice, and writing evaluations for couples adopting from overseas (a great privilege, I might add), I’ve been busier […]

The Drama Review (March 2, 2018)

Dear confused-by-the-drama readers, For several years, I’ve conducted a seminar entitled, Inside the Manipulator’s Mind. If you could actually crawl inside that mind, it’d be a scary and confusing place. You’d probably feel like you were in a real-life episode of The Twilight Zone, introduced and closed by the chain-smoking Rod Serling. Like comedy shows […]

The Drama Review (February 23, 2018)

Dear wishing-they-would-grow-up readers, I realize the story I’m about to tell might seem like an illustration in search of a point. But being the Indiana Jones-like risk taker I am, here it is. When I was 12, my dad graciously offered to take me and a friend to the state fair. If you were a […]

The Drama Review (February 16, 2018)

Dear sanity-questioning readers, I won’t bore you with details but I’ve rented cars from three different car rental companies in the last two weeks. My Honda was in the middle of a six-car pile-up so it’s been in the shop getting repaired. The repairs took longer than expected so I called the rental company to […]