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Theater to See in L.A. This Week, Including Jeff Goldblum as a Writing Teacher

Theater to See in L.A. This Week, Including Jeff Goldblum as a Writing Teacher Dramaturgist Tarell Alvin McCraney sets this music-, dance- and allegory-infused work in the "distant present," weaving his copy around talented young athlete Oya (Diarra Kilpatrick), who risks her subsequent to care for her ailing mother. The play charts a

'The Irish wake is the best way to deal with death'

THE wake has been used to mark the end of human life since ancient times: The Illiad, published in the eighth century BC, ends with an account of Hector's wake in Troy, complete with feasting, vigils and keening women.

Edinburgh-born journalist and film-maker Kevin Toolis's new book My Father's Wake: How The Irish Teach Us to Live, Love and Die is a passionate positioning of the traditional Irish Catholic wake as a healthy, healing way of death.

He begins this lyrical, autobiographical rumination by quoting from Homer's famous poem.

"The generations of men are like generations of leaves... one grows as the other comes to end."

Toolis knows a thing or two about the dead and the dying.

Aged 11, he contracted TB and spent time in the Male Chest ward of a crumbling sanatorium surrounded by terminal cases of lung cancer.

After beginning his journalistic career at The Irish News in 1982, he went on to specialise in reporting on conflict from Belfast to Beiruit, documenting violent loss of life from Glasnevin to Gaza and beyond – "death hunting" as he refers to it.