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TheatreWorks’ ‘Fun Home’ imperfectly balances past and present

“Fun Home” shoves overdone musical theater tropes, narrative structures and themes onto a mortician’s table for reexamination. Based on Alison Bechdel’s graphic novel of the same name, the musical is filtered through the eyes of a 43-year-old Alison as she illustrates moments from her childhood and young adulthood. These moments are primarily set in her…

Is she gay or just indie?

She wears overalls, thrifted sweaters, vintage sports jackets and handmade earrings, but in a post-35mm-film society, there’s just no way to tell: Is she gay or just indie? Of all the English sections in all the universities in the world, she walks into mine. She wears her dyed hair in a chopped bob or blunt…

‘Brokeback Mountain’: More than 20 years later, the film and short story redefine queerness

Much of my interest in alterity and otherness stems from personal identity, and so many of my pursuits have investigated the concept. Nevertheless, I have explored the concepts of alterity mostly through science fiction, so upon rewatching “Brokeback Mountain” and re-reading Anne Proulx’s short story upon which the film is based (both the original New…

Kings and Queens

Recently, several trans high school students have appeared in the news because they want to run for their high school’s homecoming court. Texas teenager Andy Moreno , who identifies as female but is biologically male, wants to run for homecoming queen, while Michigan teenager Oak Reed, a male-identified student, ran for homecoming king. Both stories…