All in Mask & Mirror

Eleemosynary: Redefining the Family Drama

There is a strong temptation, in opening this review, to define the titular word in the manner of Webster or Oxford. Such a presentation might lend an academic air to the text which follows and would certainly cause speculation as to how the newly disclosed meaning pertained to the themes and general goings-on of the play. It is a temptation, however, which must be resisted, as the word eleemosynary, like the play which bears its name, is not so easily, all-at-once defined.