MilkMilk Lemonade: A Comedy About Growing Up Gay in America
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Contemporary slang meets 17th-century farce in The School for Lies. Adapted from Molière's The Misanthrope, playwright David Ives (Venus in Fur, All in the Timing) transforms Molière's classic into a modern satire told entirely through verse. The result is a delightfully incongruous comedy of manners that lets you peer inside the Parisian salon of Celimene, a young widow with a sharp tongue and plenty of suitors. Teresa Thuman and Ken Michels co-direct this Center Theatre production, in which a saucy siren finally meets her misanthropic match. Learn More
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This play is about Emory, a young gay teen on a farm, and his relationship with the homophobic bully next door, Eliot; and Emery’s “just-the-facts-Ma’am” grandma who is working hard to rid Emory of his effeminate qualities.
Although that is a bit of a recyled theme, Emery’s bond with, Linda, a gigantic chicken, and his grandmother, who is played by a bald fat guy, really take this play outside the box and provide lots of unexpected and fabulous moments. Although Linda speaks some of her lines, usually she’s confined to clucking and crowing; with her lines being translated by a 5th character who is also the alter ego to the bully, Eliot. She (alter ego) at discreet times, comments or narrates on the status of the situation.
This play is really a 3 3/4. It wasn't just ok, I liked it but I have a problem with adults playing kid roles. Emory’s and Eliot’s acting was really good (and Emory’s musical flag number was great), but try to imagine Billy in Billy Elliot being played by an adult. Same thing. Just doesn’t work for me.
I loved all other casting. The alter ego was cleverly done and funny. The chicken played by a really tall, beautiful woman (quite a bit taller than all the men) who still managed to be extremely "chicken-like" was DIVINE!! The fat guy playing the rough but attentive grandma was hilarious and could not have been better.
In general, definitely well worth seeing.