Soon, I watched Ian, a therapist and ex-priest, counsel John, an older, fumbling Dubliner. John tells Ian that he has lost his wife in a car accident and now is being haunted by her ghost. Though my family is from a different region in Ireland, the accents felt like old friends. I thought of how my aunts impersonate our relatives with Irish brogues, shouting Gaelic epithets and “Jesus, Mary, Joseph"s. My ears danced along with the non-American rhythms and repeated Irish slang and curses.
Then after a brief introduction, Sean Hayes a.k.a God showed up and sat down, no less then like 5 feet away from me. He was then joined by his angels, Michael and Gabriel, and after a bit of introducing and storytelling, God began to list off his new Commandments. The Commandments, by the way, were presented like Family Feud on a monitor in the back, he even literally said "let's play the Feud" as he began. It gave me the weird urge to try and guess what the Commandments were going to be, so I had to try really hard not to make a fool of myself and raise my hand or something.
It made me realize that victims of sexual assault might need more than an “I’m sorry this happened to you,” or an “I’m here for you,” and that saying “It’ll get better, easier,” sounds more like wishful thinking than a guarantee. They deserve justice, they deserve to know that they did nothing wrong, and above all, they deserve an end to rape culture. I think we all do.
One of the things I noticed, which made me kind of lose hope in myself as a decent human, is the fact that I don’t remember any character names. I pretty much identify them purely by their respective tragedies. Meaning I recall each person solely based on the worst moment of their life. Go me!
I basically cried of laughter at the confusion that ensued once Lysander and Demetrius fell head-over-heels in love with Helena. Having the guys mimic each other's actions to try to woo her was genius. Oh and in the end the mischievous Puck makes everyone think it’s a dream. Hence the title A Midsummers Nights DREAM.
As the show progressed (and I got over my initial disappointment of no cheesy robots) it touched on a topic that I see a lot in sci-fi stuff but is always a very thought provoking topic for me: robot rights.
James was a man that ran on passion and love. He grew frustrated when his book was not accepted by any publishing companies. I'm talking over 50 publishing companies. That is one of my biggest fears myself, to not be accepted in the world that I love.
Karla who’s an aspiring comedian wasted no time in making jokes on touchy subjects. While sitting next to her mother who was unresponsive on her hospital bed Karla made jokes about rape. She was asking her mom “Is it funny if I say, I want my vibrator to rape me? Or Should I say I want my vibrator to rape me in a dark alley?” When I heard those jokes I was looking around like I hope there’s nobody here taking major offense to this...
Aisha and Aidan, two scientists, are working on a vaccine for the latest deadly virus for a big pharmaceutical company stationed in Africa. The sad truth of the politics behind the medical/pharmaceutical field are exposed.
When I heard of this show, I was excited nonetheless. Yeah sure I didn’t like learning about physics in a classroom but strictly learning vs. seeing/doing is a completely different experience. I wanted my sense of wonder to be revitalized. And it was.
The women assemble on stage and introduce themselves as they were in the sixties: Elaine Brown, Afeni Shakur (Tupac’s mother!), Kathleen Cleaver, Assata Shakur, Ericka Huggins, Deborah Hampton. They are just a few of the numerous black women that took charge and initiative in the legendary Black Panther Party.
He's probably (or was) the least talked about of the founding fathers, but Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical puts Alex in the spotlight. I remember learning about Alex in my AP U.S. History class-- from what I remember, he pretty much ran the country as Washington’s right-hand man and he was one of my favorite historical figures. But I never realized how much was left out of Alex’s story until I saw Hamilton.
Now, the whole point of the show is that Nigel and Nick are trying to write a play that is better than Shakespeare's work. So I guess that makes him their rival, but oh my god he was just so cool. I was trying so hard to find a way not to like the guy but damn was he cool. He was made out to be this rockstar - he wore eyeliner, and even wore like a Renaissance era leather jacket, which was the coolest thing I had even seen.