Thursday, June 2, 2016
May 27 through June 26 at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre
By Tinsel & Tine Editor, Le Anne Lindsay
Tinsel & Tine Subscribers were once again treated to comp tickets to live theater at Philadelphia Theater Company. Last month we got to see Sex with Strangers (click for T&T post) and currently, the closing show of their 2015/2016 season "Hillary and Clinton", a very timely piece considering all eyes are on the 2016 Presidential Election.
|PTC Cast, Crew Opening Night 6.1.16|
There's a scene in the play where Hillary's husband Bill (John Procaccino) explains that to win an election you have to tell a story about who the public thinks or wants you to be. He tries to convince her to be a mother figure to the country, that her story should be about being nurturing. Hillary wants her story to be about being capable, strong, admired for her leadership abilities. However, she admits that the running story that the public never sees past is Hillary as someone so power hungry and addicted to politics that she's willing to stay with a man who has humiliated her with other women time and again, putting up with it because despite everything, they're stronger as a power couple than they would be apart.
Of course, perception stories don't just apply to those in the public eye, we all have at least 3 stories- The one in our head; The one others perceive you as; And the one you'd like to shape to perfection. Think about yours...
Getting back to a political figure for a moment, I recently saw the documentary Weiner (Sundance Select - Meet the Artist Directors Elyse Steinberg and Josh Kriegman ), which follows disgraced Congressman Anthony Weiner's run for Mayor of New York in 2013. The story in his head is that of someone perhaps a little quirky but with enough passion and fire to fight for the common man. That story was taking on public perception, until the story of "Carlos Danger" came to light and then his perceived story became Anthony Weiner, a man with poor judgement and even less impulse control. The story he wanted to shape into perfection was that of devoted husband to a brilliant wife, who looks up to him with admiration (Real life Hillary Clinton's Advisor, Huma Abedin). A loving father, and a man who could take New York back from Wall Street and give more power to the people. At this point, particularly after this documentary, he'll never come close to making that story stick.
However, thankfully, the feedback story that I receive from others is that I'm generally held in good standing and found easy to be around. Also, that the time I get to spend at the movies and attending events is enviable.
And truthfully, I am very lucky. No matter which of the three
Le Anne Lindsay stories told or perceived, it's all pretty lighthearted and devoid of tragedy and remorse. Hnath's play begins and ends with the concept of an infinite number of other Universes with realities mirroring our own, sometimes with slight differences or possibly vast differences - Think Bizarro Superman or the TV series Fringe - Therefore, I'm sure there's at least one LeAnne who has spent a month on the Amalfi Coast racing a red speed boat by day and enjoying wine bars with spectacularly panoramic views by night.
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