Justin @ 'Grace is Good'- The #MeToo Movement and Blurry Lines
What's it about?
Grace is the new office's hire, but her good looks and an extremely long interview leaves the office in question of how she got a job her resume did not seem qualified for.
Grace is Good is the kind of play which causes you to tilt your head in curiosity as you think of the gray lines presented on the stage. The Playbill prepared me for what I would see, mentioning that the play would further conversation on the #MeToo movement. I immediately braced myself for a play with intense emotional triggers.
I was flabbergasted to find that the play did not present something so black and white as a the wrongness of an assault! In fact, the play brought up the question of flirtation in the workplace and its implications-- there were no direct sexual advances but rather the new hire often flirted with her boss and vice versa. What made this tricky to think about was if it was wrong if this was mutual. The flirtation did not seem vicious and the pair agreed that as long as lines were not crossed, that it would only be friendly.
Yet, the office characters: the cautious secretary with cat pictures on her desk, the worker who abandoned his dream of being a private investigator and the vocal office-veteran all seemed extremely critical of the duo and believed them to be having sexual affairs, going so far as to file reports even though the two never engaged in sexual relations. This gray line left me conflicted. Were the office characters right to report the flirtation between boss and worker? I asked myself how this more discreet form of flirtation fit itself into the #MeToo conversation.
In the end, both worker and boss were terminated for their subtle flirtation and I resolved to myself that it was appropriate because even though lines were not crossed, the situation had all the red flags to lead into rougher waters. The termination was a preventative measure. I left the play feeling fascinated about how the gray lines of such a vocal movement like #MeToo could be brought up through characters and how I as an audience member found myself in shock that I couldn't be certain of my position at first. It made me realize that Off-Broadway plays can present a more intimate shock factor in their smaller audiences, and I left questioning why Broadway needs to be the standard for a fantastic play?
Why call it Off-Brodway... ? These amazing productions are something entirely different and rich these plays are #BEYONDBROADWAY!
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