Elizabeth Swados John Simon - Essay

John Simon

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

Let's pretend that nobody has overused the word "nice." It is, therefore, still fresh and available to describe a show that is decent, appealing, enjoyable without being extraordinary. Such a nice show is Runaways, by Elizabeth Swados…. [The] most authentic runaway is Liz Swados herself…. The true runaway quality about her is mental; her invention races freely between the near-classical and the quasi-popular styles of composition, much of it in a special, somewhat fey, faraway province of the imagination. Miss Swados … writes tunes and words about a wonderland often as bizarre and menacing as Lewis Carroll's and, unfortunately, real.

Here the subject is, of course, runaway children from...

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