Critics such as Alison seem to have a need to be, well, critical. When an excellent show such as this is a crowd pleaser, poor Alison cannot bring herself to tell it like it is. No, she must find something to be critical about. After all that is how she makes a living. But she, again, is off base. I was in college when Janis was popular, but she was not an artist I paid much attention to other than listening to her sounds when they presented themselfs on the radio or tv. So not being a fan I was leary about this production. Well, I,as well as the rest of the audience judging from their reactions, were enthralled by this experience. I left learning more about Janis'music and was impressed by the actress/singer who emulated a variety of Janis's influences. Make no mistake. This is a production Portland should be proud of. And why some critics have a hard time acknowledging this says more about their expertise than this production.
I wouldn't put it as vehemently as Graham, but it is very, very hard to look at Boomers and not see a generation of self-involved locusts. I know that my antipathy for them is somewhat irrational, but it still colors how I consume sixties-based media.
@ rb yeah, she was absolutely great.
Having all of the blues and soul antecedents played by one actress may have been a cost thing rather than a stylistic thing. I agree it's kind of weird, but when the one performer is Sabrina, that makes it so much better.
Is that Jaba the Hutt; in purple sunglasses, and a good mood? Pinch me.
Well, this certainly sounds like a candidate for Worst Night Ever. Maybe they could fit Storm Large in there somewhere.
So a twentysomething is too old to hang out at the Doug Fir? Please, I'm in my 40s and have been know to frequent the Doug Fir and nobody's ever said a word to me about it. Plus, Janis Joplin died only a handful of years before the bands you mentioned formed. Fucking ageist.
@4, My Mom is 51 and grew up listening to Janis Joplin. Kind of like how I still listen to music of the 80s and 90s and consider them relevant to me. All your statement proves is that you were a "hip" 30 year old.
I should take my mom to this.
You're a bit old to be hanging out at the Doug Fir if your Mom considers Janis to be the music of her youth. The music of my childhood was Television, the Ramones, Richard Hell and Black Flag, and I am pushing 60.
So you disagree with my point? Or am I just the wrong person to be making it?
I'm curious about how other audience members perceived that aspect of the show. Seemed pretty obviously problematic to me.
Ms. Hallett's views on "cultural sensitivity" have been spelled out previously, notably in her review of Jewish Theatre Collaborative's "Charlotte Salomon: Life? or Theatre?" wherein she describes feeling "relieved" at the Nazis' deportation of the title character - and then grew defensive when challenged on the appropriateness of such wording, quite apart from the actual or potential merits/demerits of the play in question.
Lets celebrate the "Worst Generation in the History of Ever" some more. FUCK YOU, BOOMERS!!! What good have you brought to the world? None. Hurry up and fucking die already so that we can move on and improve things.
Here's the extended version:
That's what I just thought too!! That's IT?!
Ok I can't resist any more because I can't believe no one has called you out yet Graham. What kind of person wishes an entire generation dead? Seriously? Those are people's parents, brother, sisters. Maybe I should wish your parents dead because they obviously did a terrible job raising you. But I won't because I am not a psychopath.
as a late stage boomer i have to agree with graham and hallett. however, those who ignore the past....... beware the mote and mustard seed, etc.
HAHA! Baby Boomers have ruined America and want a gold-star for it. The "Greatest Generation" spawned the "Worst Generation". Boomers need to hurry up and die already.
I just got back from this play. Fuck. Fffffuuuuck. It was good. Alison has the heart of the Grinch when it comes to theater. So the fact that she didn't lambaste this production is the sign of top notch performance. Especially Victor Mack as Levee, wow!
Another excellent review. Interesting, even-handed, lets me know what to expect. Awesome!
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