Daily Archives: February 1, 2020

Dracula Play Review

Over the past few years, actor and playwright Kate Hamill has adapted several beloved novels into stage plays.

Her most recent adaptation is Dracula. Based on the Bram Stoker novel, the play adheres to the narrative in the book. Jonathan Harker (Michael Crane) is sent on a business trip to help sort out the business affairs of the mysterious Dracula (Matthew Amendt). But there is something off about Jonathan’s host.

Back in England, a mysterious illness starts to affect the residents of the coastal town of Whitby. With the help of Doctor Van Helsing (Jessica Frances Duke), Jonathan’s wife, Mina (Kelley Curran) has to solve the mystery of this illness and the appearance of what may be an unholy visitor.

I’ve been of Hamill’s for the last few years. Her adaptations of Pride and Prejudice and Little Women were fantastic. This adaptation is no less fantastic than it’s predecessors. I went in with the question of how she was going to adapt Dracula. Unlike her previous works, this book is not exactly what one would label feminist. But Hamill adapted it in such a way that the play retains the narrative of the book while highlighting the issues of women during the 19th century and in our time.

I absolutely recommend it.

Dracula is playing at the Classic Stage Company in New York City until March 8th. Check the website for showtimes and tickets.

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I’m Voting for Amy Klobuchar

With the Iowa caucuses starting next week, the 2020 Presidential election is no longer a thing that is far away. It is much closer than we think it is.

Among the candidates who are still in the running is Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN). I’m voting for her and I hope that Senator Klobuchar is the one who wins the nomination.

The reason I am voting for her is that in order to defeat you know who, we need a Democratic candidate who is firmly left, but not so far left to push voters into the arms of the Republicans. I like the ideas of Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, but my concern is that their proposals are so far left that they alienate some voters. I respect that former Vice President Joe Biden has decades of political experience, but do we really want another old white man as President?

Former New York City Mayor Michel Bloomberg, Tom Steyer and Andrew Yang, to be honest, don’t have a chance in h*ll of winning the nomination. Mayor Pete Buttigieg has youth on his side (compared to the other candidates), but will that be a help or a hindrance if he wins the nomination?

I like her because she is solidly middle of the road and speak to the needs of the average American, especially the average American woman. As a working wife and a mother, she understands the daily challenges of the woman on the street. She also understands and respects that America is not a monolith. In respecting the differences of Americans, she is paving the way for this country to become what its founders envisioned.

That is why I am voting for Senator Klobuchar.

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Don’t Blame “Female Tendencies” for Your Losses

Dear Marcus Morris,

Don’t blame “female tendencies” for your losses. I don’t follow the Knicks, but if the team’s record this season is appalling, it has nothing to do with “female tendencies”.

The term “female tendencies” sounds like the 19th century than the 20th century.

If nothing else, we have babies. I am thoroughly convinced if men were biologically able to carry and bear a child, this world would turn upside down. I challenge you (if you are ever to read this post) to even consider that fact before blaming your team’s losses on something that has nothing to do with the shitty way that the team has been playing.

Sincerely

A Woman

P.S. I suggest you listen to Beyonce, if you don’t already. You might learn a thing or two.

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