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I guess Blackface is in.  In what, I have no idea.  After A Behanding in Spokane‘s ridiculous black character and Lend Me A Tenor‘s Otello moments, The Scottsboro Boys one-ups them all and turns the minstrel concept on its ear.  In fact, the whole construct of a minstrel show is upended by Kander & Ebb’s latest “last show”, and done so with supreme excellence.

Using such a viciously constructed format to essentially deride the formula (let alone the concept) of a minstrel show to take a musical look at the Scottboro Boys’ historical experience is, quite honestly, a stroke of genius.  I knew the story, and still the emotional drive John Kander & Fred Ebb elicit during their songs balanced by David Thompson’s book was quite astonishing.  Overall, I think its the best newly constucted musical I’ve seen in quite some time, at least since 2004’s Caroline or Change – easily trumping the new constructs I’ve enjoyed since then, including Fela!, Xanadu, Passing Strange, Grey Gardens, Spring Awakening, In The Heights, Billy Elliot, The Light In The Piazza, & the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.  Easily.  Perhaps the best first-run musical I’ve ever seen.  Perhaps.  I’m not a huge fan of superlatives, but, I really feel this show deserves it.  And I’m not alone.

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Yesterday, the New York State Senate failed to pass a bill granting marriage equality.  While disappointed to remain a second class citizen (along with a littany of frustration I’ll avoid letting out for now), I was uplifted by these three speeches by Senators Savino (already an internet sensation), Hassell-Thompson, and Kruger.  They deserve hugs as we move forward, trying to get equality in New York State.

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Droning on Palin

Obviously, that is NOT the real cover of the Sarah Palin book.  Nor will I link to it.

John Stewart summed up my issues with Sarah Palin quite simply – she’s just a talking point machine with no real thoughts or rationale.  She (and her supporters) claim the liberal media and liberals like me just don’t like a folksy woman who speaks her mind.  As an established diva-lover, that’s so far from the truth.  She’s simply just a political figure who using tautological reasoning & fear to push her own political success.

Much has been made about her book tour, and Jezebel’s Anna North hits my issues on the nose here in response to the Newsweeks’ look at Palin’s book & career.  North’s dissection of the article is worth reading, but my concerns about Palin go a lot deeper.

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