I HAVE BEEN DOWN IN THE DUMPS.
ANOTHER DANCE, ANOTHER WAY, ANOTHER CHANCE…ANOTHER TAAAAAAAG.
It was Chinese New Year not too long ago, so…happy New Year! This tag is still relevant! Continue reading “New Year’s Eve Book Tag”
I don’t make New Year’s Resolutions very often, but I’ll do anything for a tag.
(Spoilers for Cats)
I take issue with the Jellicle Choice.
Old Deuteronomy made a mistake. Continue reading “Making the Jellicle Choice”
Trainwreck. Abomination. Fever dream.
I’ve heard all these words and more used to describe Tom Hooper’s adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ’80s hit. Continue reading “I Really Enjoyed “Cats””
I’m in Spokane for a second family Christmas; right now I’m watching Hallmark Christmas movies with my brother’s dogs and my sick dad.
(My dad is doing yoga and calling the dogs “Chocky.” I don’t know why.)
My mom and I made the eight-and-a-half hour drive from Seattle to Ashland, Oregon WITHOUT stopping for books.
THAT IS SOME WILL POWER. Continue reading “August Book Haul: I went to Powell’s…again”
A long, long time ago, in a cow town far from here, I cowrote a novel with two other women. Continue reading “The Lady Janies Book Tag”
Can’t stop, won’t stop. Continue reading “#NotAll Book Tag”
A good adaptation can change your mind about a play.
To put a twist on the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival retooled “Oklahoma” as a queer romance featuring multiple gay, transgender, and gender-nonconforming characters.
I won’t be able to watch straight “Oklahoma” ever again. The same-sex interpretation makes a lot of sense – barely any of the original text had to be changed to fit the f/f and m/m romances. In some cases, the original jokes become even funnier; one notable scene has the townsfolk shocked to learn Gertie Cummings married a MAN. Director Bill Rauch exhibits a keen sense of humor, advising actors to lean into the pronoun changes and other absurdities.
By abandoning historical accuracy, OSF’s production explores a fantastical world where same-sex attraction is a nonissue. This decision makes the now-homophobic Jud all the more frightening. His handsiness with both Laurie and Curly (and each woman’s subsequent discomfort), along with his description of burning down a farm after catching two girls together, threatens the accepting idyll of the Oklahoman townsfolk.
Before this, I hated “Oklahoma.” I scorned the original film, unimpressed by the supposedly “groundbreaking” musical.
I enjoyed the 5th Avenue Theatre’s 2012 attempt more, but that production still had problems. While casting a black man as Jud gave new energy to the material, Jud’s murder at Curly’s hands added a bleak ending to the thin story.
OSF’s “Oklahoma” strikes a balance: it retains the perky innocence of the original without leaning away from the horror angry men can bring. In fact, the same-sex interpretation boosts a fairly weak script, strengthening a once-tired classic for years to come.
“The world is changing,” cowgirl Curly says in the second act, “and we gotta change with it.”
I couldn’t agree more, so today I switch teams.
I’m Pro-klahoma and proud.
(You can catch “Oklahoma” at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland Oregon now until October 27.)