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Space, time, human beings as ‘prosthetic gods,’ and the ephemeral nature of love are examined.

  • Series: Work in Progress
  • Show Type: Monologue
  • Cast: Joe Frank
  • Air Date: 1986
  • Digital Audio Bit Rate: 128kbps

 

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5.00 out of 5

2 reviews for Cocktails Before Dinner

  1. 5 out of 5

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    Joe muses philosophically and paints abstract mental landscapes for this hour-long journey of the mind. He touches on passion, purpose, hope, hopelessness, intellect, truth and meaning. Are we like Alexander the Great, motivated by the insatiable desires for power, influence and riches? Will material pursuits ever completely satisfy ones needs? It’s a classic Frank meta-story, a story about storytelling. He describes what it’s like when an actor breaks the “fourth wall” of a drama performance. His approach is both haunting and entertaining, quite an accomplishment given the gravity of the subject matter. If you have the mental ambition and intellectual curiosity to explore the big questions, this episode is for you.

  2. 5 out of 5

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    This episode is probably at the top of my list. Ethereal, metaphysical, and sensual. Perfect for headphones late at night. Truly about the nature of being.

    If anyone knows the music that plays at the 10:03 minute mark, I would love to know.. a techno beat with a female vocal – not a Jon Hassell tune. I’ve been wondering for years.

  3. 0 out of 5

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    This has always been one of my favorite Joe Frank monologues for many reasons, except for the sexist personal monologue at the end (which also doesn’t the overall mood).

    Exceptional here are brilliant Erving Goffman-esque observations on our self-perceptions and performance of self. Also Joe’s poignant musings about sleep, death, and desire. But the glue holding these observations is the beautiful downtempo pop piece that plays throughout. I have been scouring the net for it for a year or two now, and finally found it by accident!

    It is the song ” Polaris” by the Japanese band Aragon.

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Space, time, human beings as ‘prosthetic gods,’ and the ephemeral nature of love are examined.

  • Series: Work in Progress
  • Show Type: Monologue
  • Cast: Joe Frank
  • Air Date: 1986
  • Digital Audio Bit Rate: 128kbps

 

5.00 out of 5

2 reviews for Cocktails Before Dinner

  1. 5 out of 5

    :

    Joe muses philosophically and paints abstract mental landscapes for this hour-long journey of the mind. He touches on passion, purpose, hope, hopelessness, intellect, truth and meaning. Are we like Alexander the Great, motivated by the insatiable desires for power, influence and riches? Will material pursuits ever completely satisfy ones needs? It’s a classic Frank meta-story, a story about storytelling. He describes what it’s like when an actor breaks the “fourth wall” of a drama performance. His approach is both haunting and entertaining, quite an accomplishment given the gravity of the subject matter. If you have the mental ambition and intellectual curiosity to explore the big questions, this episode is for you.

  2. 5 out of 5

    :

    This episode is probably at the top of my list. Ethereal, metaphysical, and sensual. Perfect for headphones late at night. Truly about the nature of being.

    If anyone knows the music that plays at the 10:03 minute mark, I would love to know.. a techno beat with a female vocal – not a Jon Hassell tune. I’ve been wondering for years.

  3. 0 out of 5

    :

    This has always been one of my favorite Joe Frank monologues for many reasons, except for the sexist personal monologue at the end (which also doesn’t the overall mood).

    Exceptional here are brilliant Erving Goffman-esque observations on our self-perceptions and performance of self. Also Joe’s poignant musings about sleep, death, and desire. But the glue holding these observations is the beautiful downtempo pop piece that plays throughout. I have been scouring the net for it for a year or two now, and finally found it by accident!

    It is the song ” Polaris” by the Japanese band Aragon.

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