Tuesday, March 15, 2011
What does it have to do with this week's theme of confession? Well, the act one finale is a song called "Full Disclosure." It is described as an ancient Addams tradition for everyone at dinner to sip from a sacred chalice and confess something they've never told anyone. Thanks to a mix-up, the stories lead to scandal and chaos in the household.
The show allows audience members to write down their own full disclosures, and some of the best appear on their website. They range from extremely silly to the occasional profound thought. A similar need to confess plays itself out in everything from cop shows to anonymous Internet comments. Sharing our thoughts can bring us closer to each other, just as confession brings us closer to God.
It brings to mind one of my favorite poems, one that I memorized in high school. It reminds us how important it is to confess our feelings, especially of course, words of love:
We are spendthirfts with words,
We squander them,
Toss them like pennies in the air -
Shy words tiptoeing from mouth to ear.
But the slowly wrought words of love
And the thunderous words of heartbreak -
These we hoard.