Gender essentialism. Thumbs down.
I spend 10 days each year visiting Key West.
It's the vacation I take without my wife so I know I won't be wrong for at least 10 days. It's my time to read and stroll the town
Besides my daily afternoon rest stop on a bar stool at Pepe's, my only mandatory activity is to have dinner at 7 Fish and to visit Island Books on my first day in town. it was there I discovered Tom Corcoran's books after he'd published his second and faithfully look for a new release from him.
I've been disappointed the last several years and figured he had stopped writing. I just now discovered Adios (Nov. 2013) and was shocked to find it had been released quite some time ago as I go to a large chain bookstore every Tuesday when all new hardback novels are released. I couldn't understand how I had missed it.
However, your column has maybe solved this mystery for me. It could be that there IS a problem with his new distribution system as, out here in California, small, independent bookstores don't carry most south Florida writers, but I have always found Mr. Corcoran's novels at the large chain stores.
Perhaps that link could be re-established so I might find his future work more easily.
BTW, I loved Adios and look forward to his next Rutledge if such there be.
I find it humorous that a "critic" would bother to get into the controversial nature of a show that's been out there for 3 years.
Stick to the performances, the set, the show aspect. If you wanted to waste our time writing about the shocking and racist issues, you should be working for "The New Yorker"...not Creative Loafing. That was covered years ago.
Stop taking yourself so seriously, Mr. Lieb.
I am Mormon and I had to turn off my ability to get offended when I saw the Book of Mormon a year ago. But I often reflect on the play and think, "that was, actually, pretty bad." I always tell people I was more offended by the depictions of the Africans than the Mormons, because some of that was a little too far. With that said, I am grateful for people that are offended on my behalf. I appreciate this article because if this article came from me the article wouldn't be persuasive or well received.
Additionally, I felt like one premise was off, the premise that western religion is ill equipped to help individuals suffering from human rights violations, desperate economic difficulties, and similarly desperate situations. I served as a missionary ten years ago in Haiti during a civil war and the second extraction of Aristide. Many individuals found great solace in LDS (Mormon) beliefs, when solace could not be found anywhere else. Since then, I have been able to use my knowledge of the culture and fluency in Haitian Creole as a human rights lawyer to combat similar problems depicted in the play. While I was ignorant as 19 year-old of problems faced by Haitian citizens, by the end of the mission (when I was 21), I was more educated than 99% of Americans on issues in developing countries. So while I sat in a crowd in NYC among hundreds of people laughing at my beliefs I could only tell myself, "only if they knew." And walked out with an appreciation of what the play was: a very well executed, clever, funny, misunderstanding of how individuals find hope when many feel that hope is lost. Call my doctrine what you will, but I know that it changes lives for the better, including mine.
We went to see "Book of Mormon" on Friday night, and found it to be an uplifting, wonderful production with a tremendous message of kindness and humanity.
Thank goodness I found this Creative Loafing review of all that was wrong with it on a societal and moral level to set me straight. Pointing out the quirky nature of all religions is wrong, and we should certainly not stoop to enjoying musical theater about such an act... except, that is, when our landlord is the subject of the musical (http://cltampa.com/dailyloaf/archives/2010/12/13/theater-review-a-very-merry-unauthorized-childrens-scientology-pageant-at-american-stage-is-surprisingly-mild-satire). Then, good feelings for everyone!
Shame on you, Mr. Lieb. You have taken what is, ultimately, a message that PROMOTES religion (or any doctrine that results in people living in harmony, doing good for others) and trashed it under the guise of being offended.
If you want to be offended, be offended at the dick and scrotum jokes. But don't make up some bullshit, hypocritical reason to hate this gem.
"two little biddies"? Poor use of old stereotype and insulting to older people to boot. Were the "old maids" there also? Please consider that sometimes even old biddies read what you right.
You sir, are a beautiful writer. I love going on your word journeys. #markeleib
I'm happy to know Lil and be a part of the Gypsy Stage Repertory Company.
The Thu. 9/26 performance is a benefit for the Ybor Youth Clinic. $10 from every fully-paid ticket sold for that performance will be donated back to this important community resource.
A BIG thank you to Megan Voeller for her incredible writing talents and the way she is able to include so many relevant references and interpretations. She hits all the marks. I wanted to also note that the image of Dominique's "Flying Buttress" above, was taken by photographer Edward Linsmier.
Thanks for the great article. We gypsies need all the help we can get :)
They were great song writers, and most famous song writers are great poets. It comes with the job of being inspiring to many people. It did take long induct them but most things do take a while. http://youtu.be/Bx-zaLZ9dq4
Nice article Mr. McKeen. Just finished The Quick Adios Times Six. Read Alex from first in the series. Wish TC would write full time...between novels, waiting for another Alex Rutledge, seems to be a long time. Didn't know The Quick was even out. My bad. Alex is just as you described, great job!
BTW, put quotes from your article (noted they came from you) on Goodreads.com.
Excellent article about a really awesome woman who knows and LOVES the theatre! I love Gypsy Stage! Do check them out!! You will not be disappointed!
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