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SOFT POWER Wednesday Night
Last Edit: sergius 05:27 pm EDT 10/11/19
Posted by: sergius 05:26 pm EDT 10/11/19

I wanted to like this as so many here have, but I found SOFT POWER to be a structurally jumbled, wobbly burlesque. The score is efficient--and sometimes better than that--but it's in the service of a book that is so broad and confused, so scattershot, it's nearly fatuous which is unfortunate given such a worthwhile, crucial even, subject. I have little patience for this sort of wink wink nudge nudge parody, especially when it's smugly delivered as it too often is here. So maybe it's me. But, to my mind, the appropriate outrage that undergirds this material is too often blurred by facile superciliousness. Ultimately, what should have been a scathing, sharp satire is just a blunt and obvious one.
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