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  1. Rae K Hendersen
    September 27, 2015 @ 11:08 am

    Thank you so much for coming to see our show and such a lovely review!

    I do have one big correction, though. Our playwright Basil Kreimendahl uses the gender-neutral “they”, not “he”.

    Thank you.

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    • Bill Eadie Bill Eadie
      September 27, 2015 @ 12:07 pm

      Thank you for your comment, and congratulations on a superb performance. I hope that our readers will take note of your correction. I would like to be sensitive to the pronouns that gender-queer and trans individuals wish to be used, but to do so in this context would have forced me to elevate the importance of gender-queer element of the play. I stayed after the performance to listen to how the author and director talked about their work, and I got the sense that, while this element is certainly an important one, especially for the character you play so well, it is only one of several elements that make this story so beautifully layered. I hope that you will understand why I resist going back and making the edits you request.

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  2. Rae K Hendersen
    September 27, 2015 @ 6:13 pm

    Sorry, I think maybe you misunderstood me… I’m talking about the playwright themself, not the character in the show.

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  3. Geoffrey Clow
    October 12, 2015 @ 10:47 am

    I went to see this play on your recommendation, and I’m glad for it. Orange Julius is very good work by all involved. The performances are pitch-perfect. The story lines are episodic, non-chronological, and intertwined — true to family life, but difficult to make coherent on stage, and yet made sensible and revealing in Moxie’s production. Understated while challenging, it is very satisfying theatre.

    Your review is proving to have satisfying depth, as well. On re-reading, I’m finding more in both the play and your review than I appreciated the first times around. You bring out important aspects, big and small, in both the play’s themes and the production’s techniques. That’s perceptive critical writing — nicely layered, like its subject.

    Rae K Henderson’s comments in this forum are thought-provoking, too. It sometimes seems that language changes quickly, and yet, perhaps not fast enough where it counts. I take from Henderson’s gentle prodding that language does not merely express our thoughts, but — insidiously — the language habits which we inherit constrain our thoughts. The third person pronouns, which have centuries of ingrained usage, no longer serve the purposes of a more sensitive and informed culture.

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