Why Educate Our Kids? Part Four, Act Two: Power of Story

14 06 2010

See Act One here.

Refreshed after intermission, are we? Good. Turn your electronics back off and re-suspend your disbelief [lights flick and go black.]

Political theatre is truth-telling of telling truths despite individual characters who seldom do the same. And even when it is terrible, it’s instructive to see what wins. We watched the Tonys last night; Zeta-Jones was appalling, literally painful to watch even though her voice was pleasant, because her (over)acting was so incongruous with the truth of the character and song she sang. Then she promptly won the “Best Actress in a Musical” Tony for it, and we swore (both that we’d never watch again, although we were lying even while telling our truth because we always watch, and also we just plain swore! 😉

I think electing a president is not political science but the storytelling of great theatre, done through financial risk, sweat and playacting, chaos and corruption and broken hearts, broken dreams, a broken leg now and then, with a few magical moments so much better than the script, all coming together like Shakespeare in Love: “I don’t know how, it’s a mystery!” That is how political story becomes hi-story.

So I figure theatre criticism is the kind of education that should be universal, if anything is.

Three-and-a-half years ago when Barack Obama’s story hadn’t become a blockbuster yet — never mind Sarah Palin’s! — and Snook was still a playground experiment, JJ was critiquing non-partisan story and theatre for real:

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