What it's about.
Cruel Intentions is about Kathryn Mertuil conniving with Sebastian Valmont, her stepbrother, to take revenge on Court, her former boyfriend who dumped her on the 4th of July, for Cecile, an innocent young girl. She tells Sebastian that to take revenge on Court, he must conquer Cecile and in exchange he can conquer her as well. The problem is, Sebastian does not love Cecile, he is in love with Annette Hargrove, the new Headmaster's daughter.
When I entered the venue, I was asked to present identification and then my hands. I became very confused because a security guard took a sharpie marker and drew the letter x on both my hands. I was not sure if this was standard practice at the theater. Later on, I found out that the theater took place at a nightclub which explains the x marks. I was informed that if you were under the age of 21, you will be marked so the waitresses know not to serve you alcohol. I had clearly never been in a nightclub before so entering this theater was an experience in itself. I was expecting the nightclub scene to make me uncomfortable but it wasn't really a hectic environment. It was dark and people were for the most part, sitting down and casually sipping drinks.
The actors would burst out into song at moments when I least expected which made me laugh. The songs were also used as conversational dialogue. There was a point in the show where the actors and actresses sang NSYNC's "Bye Bye Bye" before they moved to the next scene which I really enjoyed because I am a big fan of Justin Timberlake. The most played song was "Kiss Me" by Sixpence None the Richer which is also one of my favorite songs that I grew up listening to. Some other songs in the musical were "Genie in a Bottle" by Christina Aguilara, "Toxic" by Britney Spears and "I Want It That Way" by The Backstreet Boys. If I had to pick one song that really resonated with me, it would be when Sebastian Valmont sang something I remember hearing from Disney's Treasure Island. I don't remember the title but in the moment that he sang it, I started reliving all my childhood memories because the Disney movie Treasure Island is one of those movies that sums up my childhood.
The part in the musical where Sebastian Valmont began singing that song from Treasure Island made him appear vulnerable and not the strong conqueror that he wants others to perceive him as. The song exposed him for who he truly was, an insecure man. It was through this song that I was able to feel Sebastian's vulnerability and where I learned how important it is to stay true to myself. I realized it was important for me to be me and not change myself based on what other people want me to be.
After the show, I did my best to wash off the x marks on my hands. There was a a part of me that thought that maybe by some mistake, permanent ink was possibly used but then to my relief, the x marks started fading. After that, I googled the songs that were in this musical because they all, in one way another, resonated with me. The songs really were very catchy. I tried to find the playlist on the website but it doesn't show up so I guess I will just have to remember all these songs on my own. As I am writing this, I still find myself glancing at these x marks on my hands but I'm not that worried about it, the ink is washable anyway.
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