Monday, March 26, 2018

Timely Once Again

A revival of Tony Kushner's epic Angels In America just opened on Broadway.  It features Nathan Lane, Andrew Garfield and Lee Pace, and is getting solid reviews.

The play is set in the 80s, with AIDS devastating the gay community.  It's understandable Kushner (writing in the early 90s) conjures up a feeling of apocalypse.  Too bad the critics--at least the ones I've read--are so predictable.  All of them feel it's important to tie the play to the world today, as well as how Trump is ravaging it.

Just to pick one example, look at Marilyn Stasio's review in Variety.  Here's an excerpt:

Extrapolating from the poisoned fruits of Kushner's historical plague, substitute Biblically scaled plagues of our times: an autocratic president at home who admires brutal dictators abroad, an epidemic of school massacres, growing threats of nuclear war, unprecedented fires and floods, and the incipient death of the planet from global warming.

Pretty much everything in her list of particulars is stupid, pointless or dishonest.  But even if it were the most accurate appraisal of the situation today, it would still be a political rant that has essentially nothing to do with reviewing the play.

Guess what, Marilyn?  Everyone who has no sense of perspective feels that the world is facing unprecedented threats, no matter when the time.  There's rarely any need to list them unless you want to show your lack of perspective, and likely your ignorance.

The play is about how time can't stop--how we have to move forward.  But the critics seem to be stuck in the same rut they always display in these situations.  Sure, years ago they'd complain about something else, or some other Republican, but it's the same mindlessness, over and over.

7 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think her list is quite impressive. Let's go over them.

"an autocratic president at home who admires brutal dictators abroad,"

Obama didn't need to listen to anyone else, using executive orders to do things even he'd said a President couldn't do by himself. Meanwhile, he bent over backwards to help the leaders in countries like Iran and Cuba, gave help to terrorist groups in Libya and Egypt, and did nothing to stop bellicose leaders in Russia and Syria.

"an epidemic of school massacres,"

There were well over 100 notable school shootings while Obama was President.

"growing threats of nuclear war,"

North Korea's nuclear capacity advanced greatly while Obama was in office.

"unprecedented fires and floods,"

There were countless huge fires and floods during the Obama administration, killing many and causing billions in damage.

"and the incipient death of the planet from global warming."

The threat of global warming, or climate change if you prefer, continued apace during the Obama years, as we were constantly reminded by numerous environmentalists who told us how it was necessary to take action or we were doomed.

9:29 AM, March 26, 2018  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is she worse than the New England Patriots using their corporate jet to fly the FFK's (Florida fascist kids) to the guns are bad except for us show over the weekend?

9:36 AM, March 26, 2018  
Anonymous Lawrence King said...

Did someone say "who admires brutal dictators abroad"?

George McGovern, February 1984, on the death of Soviet dictator Yuri Andropov:

"It is a modern tragedy that one of the Soviet Union's most intelligent and realistic leaders has served and died during the administration of the most ill-informed and dangerous man ever to occupy the White House."

4:40 PM, March 26, 2018  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Delicious.

6:30 PM, March 26, 2018  
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2:45 AM, March 28, 2018  
Blogger New England Guy said...

Wow the nuts came out on this one

4:16 AM, March 28, 2018  
Blogger brian said...

Did someone say nuts?
-Squirrel

11:14 AM, March 28, 2018  

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