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Happy International Women’s Day!

It’s late in the day, so I’ll keep this short and sweet.

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…Build Up


In the never ending battle for equality, women took a tiny step forward this week when Professor C. Bodin became the first of her kind — a Lego female scientist.

So, it is quite literally a small step for equality, but it’s something, right? Read the rest of this entry

…Kill the Envious Moon

Never guess a lady’s age. It’s a golden rule that should never be forgotten, and one that was tossed aside by those studying the age of lunar rocks collected by Apollo 16.

Yes, it turns out that the moon could be 60 million years younger than previously thought.

The moon may be as young as 4.36 billion years old (and she doesn’t look a day over 3.5 billion).

Now, I know what you science dorks are thinking. After all what is 60 million years or so when your talking about a rock that is over 4 billion years old?

But do you really want to take that chance with the scorned woman who controls the tides?

Believe me, we do not want her coming down to give us a piece of her mind (bad things happen).

So, I would start with something about her glowing complexion. Maybe throw in something about her beaming smile (it couldn’t hurt).

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…find your voice

A woman doesn’t know how precious her voice is until she’s been silenced…

~Ursula, The Little Mermaid  on Broadway

It’s a good quote right?  Say what you want about the show being “bloated” or “less than witty” …critics’ words, not mine.

Personally, I thought it was cute.  No, it wasn’t groundbreaking theater, and I believe it could have been.  But it was cute, and Disney, and that’s nice sometimes, but this isn’t a review.

I have a bone to pick with an old friend…but first, a love letter for them, my Muny.

The Muny is why I love theater.  Located in St. Louis, MO, it’s the world’s oldest and largest outdoor musical theater.

I was five the first time I experienced live musical theater.  The show was Peter Pan.

Of course, by this point, I’d already seen the Mary Martin version of Peter Pan and was well on my way to theater “dorkdom”, but I’ll never forget the magic of that first show.

Of course we’ve had our rough patches (you know what you did with Grease), but the Muny is where I learned theater.  It made me the musical encyclopedia that I am today.

We live in Chicago now, but the Crusaders still make it to one or two shows a season.  I can’t imagine a summer without the Muny.  It’s an impossibility.

Which brings me to a tough conversation…I think bullet points will help.

The Show: The Muny Production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid

The Role: Ursula

The Casting: it doesn’t matter who he is, the point is a man was cast in this role

The Problem:  I get it.  I do.  You were putting your stamp on it.  I admit I was initially confused and angry.

In truth, I had to pick my jaw up off the floor when I saw the cast list.

Then I came around to the idea and was sort of excited that you’d made a bold choice with your production.

Then I saw the show.  The quoted portion from above almost made me fall out of my chair.

Was it supposed to be ironic?

The show was so male heavy I could hardly believe it.  Ariel and Flounder were the only principals played by women (and adorable girls…loved Flounder).  That left us with Eric, Triton, Sebastian, Scuttle, Ursula, Flotsam, and Jetsam all played by men.  Throw in Grimsby and Chef Louis and it’s a sea-worthy boys club.

In a show called The Little Mermaid, you’d think there’d be more girls.

I studied theater and I know that female roles are in the minority as is.  So to take a rather fabulous one and give it to a man is baffling to me.

This is not a comment on his performance, he was fine, and kudos on the make-up and wig.  He can’t help that the part was written for a woman.

My problem isn’t with a man playing a woman.  I know it’s been done, and it has worked, but I need a reason for it.  There has to be a point.  I didn’t see it.

What I did love about the show is that it empowers Ariel, even if it is a rushed empowerment.  She saves herself.

Why couldn’t you have saved this role for a woman?

I’ve said my piece.  I hope we can still be friends.

Now, speaking of overlooked women.  The U.S. Women’s Soccer Team is playing for the World Cup today.  You should be watching.


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…Move On

Athletics and the theatrical arts have always gone hand in hand. And if you don’t believe me, then you certainly have not been keeping up with your World Cup soccer.

The art of drawing a foul or eating up the clock is part of the game. That, or we need to harness these athletes’ healing abilities.

According to a German study, this flair for the dramatic eats up a lot more time in the men’s matches.

If you’ve been watching the FIFA Women’s World Cup this may come as a surprise, since there certainly has not been a shortage of theatricality in these matches.

However, the study found that women don’t drag out their performances for quite as long, and are quicker to restart the game.

In other words, they know when it’s a lost cause.

Speaking of moving on, we’re officially in the final hours before the end. Assuming that you’re not curled up in the fetal position, humming the Harry Potter theme to yourself, surrounded by a fortress constructed out of your blood, sweat, tears, and all seven books, then you’re probably ready for this final chapter.

Just remember, don’t think of this as the end. This is the beginning of a life full of cats, dogs and children named Albus, Neville, Hermione, Ronald and, of course, Harry Potter (over 200 to choose from).

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