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Sun, Feb. 15th, 2004, 06:52 pm
simpleuglytruth: (no subject)

x-posted to thesexualsocial and simpleuglytruth

I just read a Canadian play by Sky Gilbert called "Drag Queens on Trial", a courtroom melodrama chronicalling the trial of three drag queens (marlene, lana, and judy) as they are on trial for being drag queens. They are blamed for the various problems of society like disease, promiscuity, etc etc etc ad nauseum. One issue that came up that was particularly interesting to me was how the girls refered to themselves as the "other" of society; a concept popularized by the gothic romantic writers. The 'other' is something that society fears because it more than likely challenges everything that "normal" society venerates; drag queens, obviously, challenge sexual norms in our society and in doing so, challenge the proper roles that each gender is supposed to adhere to....it transcends simple issues of sex, and challenges our notion of the normal, happy 2.4 children, two car garage, the dog spot in his house in the backyard, soccer and ballet lessons lifestyle.

I found it fascinating how gilbert managed to treat all those issues, as well as a touching treatment of AIDS near the end, and made it extremelly entertaining as well.

just thought i'd share.

Sat, Feb. 7th, 2004, 01:36 pm
simpleuglytruth: (no subject)

Following the tradition of Anne Chislett *shudder*, Norm Foster *double shutter*, David French, Michel Tremblay, "home" or "family" drama in canada seems to be something that many cdn playwrights capitalize on.....many follow the traditions of the "Death of a Salesman", "Streetcar named desire", and "A Doll's House"; but do they say anything that those american playwrights haven't already said? and furthermore, do they seem to have a monopoly in the canadian theatre scene?

Our culture seems to be riddled with our regionalism and these playwrights seem to be preoccupied with that? do you think thats true?

go forth and discuss my pretties.

Sat, Jan. 31st, 2004, 05:51 pm
simpleuglytruth: (no subject)

Name the best show you've seen produced/shown in Canada (cdn playwright or not)

Mine was "Dream Machine" at the Vancouver East Cultural Center last year. It was a musical tribute to the beat generation and the most creative piece of theatre i'd seen.

Wed, Jan. 21st, 2004, 05:25 pm
simpleuglytruth: Canadian Theatre...

We arguably did not get a "real" theatre scene till 1967 so we are very behind all the other western countries...do you think this is the reason for the state of theatre in canada? or do you think there are other factors?

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