I miss school. Continue reading “Back-to-school Book Tag”
Did I rashly promise to do summer book tags?
Does that sound like something I would do?
When I get bored, I seek out book tags.
I mean, I have IDEAS and stuff, but they’re all so SERIOUS and my chest gets tight when I watch the news.
I need to have fun.
Obviously, that means knitting while bingeing “What/If.”
In terms of book tags…
…SUSY MADE A GALAVANT BOOK TAG!!!
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No joke, I have several MONTHS-old drafts of this same post, but none of them ever felt right. Continue reading “Top Ten Favorite Hamilton Songs”
I watched the film Mamma Mia once in 10th grade. I vowed never again.
Friends and acquaintances list Mamma Mia as one of their favorite feel-good films. I am quick to remind them how much the movie suuuuuuuucks.
I hear good things about the sequel.
More importantly, the sequel resulted in an excellent book tag.
That’s why I’m here. Continue reading “Mamma Mia Book Tag”
My mom and I saw Leslie Odom, Jr. perform at Benaroya Hall last week. Continue reading “Hamilton 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.)