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re: Saw it last night (was re: Wondering if The Prom will benefit . . .)
Posted by: Michael_Portantiere 10:35 am EST 01/04/19
In reply to: Saw it last night (was re: Wondering if The Prom will benefit . . .) - jurinac 10:08 am EST 01/04/19

"Despite the presence of a lot of very talented people onstage, I wasn't too taken with THE PROM, and it's hard for me to imagine how such a smug, self-congratulatory, preach-to-the-choir show will run for long once it's burned through its "coastal elite" audience. That's this midwestern homosexual's impression, anyway."

I can't wrap my mind around any perception of this show as "smug" or "self-congratulatory." First of all, I''m amazed that a show with so much great humor in it could come across as "smug" to anyone. Much of the humor in the show is about how the Social Justice Warriors from NYC certainly have their own flaws, questionable motivations, and ridiculous moments. Conversely, the show makes a real attempt to humanize the mother who leads the charge to cancel the prom to prevent the lesbians from attending, rather than painting her as a cardboard villain. And if you feel that the portrait of that woman and some of her fellow midwesterners is STILL too harsh, all you need to do is some research into actual events along the lines portrayed in THE PROM.

Finally, I'm sorry, but the phrase "coastal elite" is most often used by non-coastal people who are smug themselves, rather than reacting to smugness. So I think your use of that word was very unfortunate.
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