Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Peak Performances and their Awkward Sexual Moments: Polaroid Stories and As You Like It

Because both entries are relatively short and both plays were playing at the same theater during the same week, I decided to combine the two into one post.

*Beware of Spoilers*

Polaroid Stories-December 2009-L. Howard Fox Theatre
I loved this play. It was very unique with limited scenery. It is about homeless people on the streets each representing a story of the characters of Greek mythology, particularly Ovid’s Metamorphoses. Now what I have been writing about so far is sex scenes and relations gone wrong. With our play here, even simple make out sessions aren’t safe.

The make out scene between Eurydice and Orpheus: This is the second time we see these two together. The first time Eurydice is trying to escape from him and Orpheus is pretty much stalking her, thus suggesting a somewhat abusive relationship, so we know he is bad news. The next scene we find them running onto the stage and then start rolling on the stage kissing each other with dialogue. My friend that was with me found this a bit disturbing and so I thought this worth mentioning on my list here. Orpheus does not let Eurydice out of his clutches throughout the scene and is way too touchy-feely. Because we know that he is a bad guy from the beginning, this scene is awkward to watch even more and we sense that it will eventually not end well between them.

As You Like It-December 2009-L. Howard Fox Theatre
I’m going to do my best with this one, considering Shakespeare wrote it and we all know that Shakespeare may take some effort of understanding. But, it is the only play on my list here that pretty much does not have a sexually awkward scene. Though like any play it has its conflicts, it is the most heartwarming play I have seen so far. It is an adorable love story with a happy dance sequence at the end.

Rosalind disguises herself as a man: If anything would be counted as an "awkward sexual moment" in this play, it would be this. From my understanding, our lead heroine Rosalind is kicked out of her uncle’s home and thus travels the land dressed as a man in search for her father. In her travels she runs into her beloved Orlando, whom she met back when she was in woman form. As she is dressed as a man, she gives Orlando tips as how to court his beloved Rosalind, who is she. This isn’t sexually awkward (well maybe a little bit) but interesting that she is able to tell him what she wants without him knowing who she is. What woman wouldn’t want this ability? This is a common tactic for Shakespeare, for he did the same thing for Twelfth Night.

Next on the list: Side Show. :)

Check out the previous post of this series: Arcadia

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