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re: Review of DOLLY tour: Buckley "not annoying enough" and "time to say goodbye to this old warhorse"
Last Edit: Delvino 10:38 am EST 01/11/19
Posted by: Delvino 10:37 am EST 01/11/19
In reply to: Review of DOLLY tour: Buckley "not annoying enough" and "time to say goodbye to this old warhorse" - bwayjoey 10:24 am EST 01/11/19

I don't think most people who sat enraptured through the B'way revival felt "war horse" was exactly the force driving the waves of emotion that produced so many wet eyes. What's annoying in this review is the total dismissal of the story itself, with a rather facile and generic dis of the gender stereotypes. "Dolly" features two strong women who are successfully self-employed, who seek a level of security appropriate to their era, a time when women couldn't easily own property and certainly not easily re-marry and build stable lives. But equally important, the men in the musical are not exactly monuments to traditional strength. The young guys are naifs without experience, who seek the romantic company of women outside their sphere of existence, not to treat them like chattel or toys. I am the first to see offensively dated gender roles ("Gigi" anyone?); but the world of "Dolly" treats men and women with a sweetness of spirit, honoring foolishness in human behavior of every sort. It's a story set in an era when these gendered roles were if anything more restrictive than portrayed in the show.
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