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10th-Apr-2008 11:43 am
404 - not social
Man, this cold is just kicking my butt. After 4 days of barely functioning, I've now progressed to the "coughing helplessly" stage. My sinuses seem a bit better today, so I'm going to hold out for another day to see if I improve before giving in and going to the doctor.   It would be easier anyway to wait till Saturday and go to the urgent care right when it opens, rather than trying to get an appointment with a regular doctor.

I did just read a northwest Ohio news story that sent me into hysterics (a.k.a. a coughing fit).  BGSU is about to present a Steven Sondheim musical.  The University of Findlay is doing a Brecht play.  The University of Toledo?  About to put on "BAT BOY: THE MUSICAL".

Inspired by stories in the sensationalist tabloids about a creature who is half-human and half-bat, Keythe Farley and Brian Flemming wrote the show in the late 1990s, with music and lyrics by Laurence O'Keefe. It opened in 1997 in Los Angeles, moved to New York in 2001, and was named the best off-Broadway musical by several awards groups. 

In the musical, Bat Boy is discovered in a West Virginia cave and is brought into a highly conservative community, whose residents are too close-minded to allow him to assimilate. 

Bat Boy has been described as straddling the fence between social consciousness and high camp. In the UT production directed by Edmund Lingan, Patrick Miller plays the title character. Others in the cast, most of whom have more than one role, are Megan Beckett, Marlie Billops, Brett Bowling, David Coleman, Holli Glance, Stephanie Kilroy, Halina LaRiccia, Katie Litzer, Terri Mims, Daniel Partin, Briana Rawls, Jason Santel, and Emily Wessendarp. 

With scenes that include violence, gore, incest, and rape, it is for mature audiences.

I don't even know what to say to this, though it does make me miss the Weekly World News.
ETA: to pick up a discussion thread from earlier this week in heroes_mohinder: how about Sendhil Ramamurthy playing the lead in "Bat Boy"?  Hey, it's a serious play, people!  About social consciousness and stuff!
10th-Apr-2008 05:58 pm (UTC)
With scenes that include violence, gore, incest, and rape, it is for mature audiences.
Why is there rape? What does that have to do with anything? So confused. I remember those Weekly World News articles. My German 101 teacher was obsessed with them. He translated one into German and had us talk about Batboy in German. It was weird.

No! No to Mo being Batboy. I want him to be in something where he gets the girl (what? I'm a cheeseball).
10th-Apr-2008 07:44 pm (UTC)
Why is there rape? What does that have to do with anything?
I have absolutely no idea. But then, I am forced to admit that I only followed Bat Boy's story sporadically, since I usually shop at a co-op that stocks sober liberal/environmental magazines by the registers rather than tabloids. (My all-time favorite Weekly World News story was not about Bat Boy, but was: "Clinton To Hire Three-Breasted Intern". And she was married to a three-armed baseball pitcher from the Dominican Republic, and they had a three-legged son. It has to be true! It said so right there in the paper!)
10th-Apr-2008 06:21 pm (UTC)
Boo to still being sick. It seems like those virus thingies going around really hung around this year. I was coughing for probably 3 weeks and my boss got sick twice in a row and was sick for about 2 months straight.

But I gotta say, that Bat Boy musical intrigues me, especially since it's for mature audiences. Gotta be good!

10th-Apr-2008 07:47 pm (UTC)
Everyone I know has it lingering on and on, too. (Or maybe we're just infecting each other with different strains...) That's why I'm reluctant to go to the doctor: if it's a virus, they won't be able to do anything for me.

Bat Boy was just insane. I really miss the Weekly World News. The other tabloids seem to have turned into cheap versions of People, filled with pics of stars, but the WWN was crazy, and knew it, and had fun printing those bizarre stories.
10th-Apr-2008 07:55 pm (UTC)
You're right, there really is nowhere to turn for a black-and-white paper showing Satan himself appearing in the smoke of some big fire (I still remember that one from Waco). WWW was the best!
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