Thursday, April 15, 2010

Exciting Drama

The Farnsworth Invention
by Aaron Sorkin

Sarnoff: He got this far somehow, he didn't build the thing out of bibles and moonshine. Howard, is there any part of a television operating system he's not going to own the exclusive rights to?
- Aaron Sorkin, The Farnsworth Invention, p 57

The exciting story of the invention of television is told in this witty play by Aaron Sorkin. I enjoyed both the development of the characters of Philo T. Farnsworth and David Sarnoff and their quest for the answers to the mystery of how to make television work. Even though the actual story is not a mystery, Sorkin's play develops the action of the drama through short scenes that keep the suspense building. Crucial background details like the impact of the stock market and interaction with supporting characters are used to heighten the reader's interest. The combination of wit and good structure made this an delightful play to read. I am eagerly awaiting the new TimeLine Theatre Company production of Aaron Sorkin's entertaining play.

The Farnsworth Invention by Aaron Sorkin. Samuel French, New York. 2009

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