Thursday, April 24, 2008

My Ren Fair Lady

I might have mentioned that we went to the Renaissance Fair a few weekends back. Kind of dusty, kind of dirty, but all around a great time.

It's nice to let out steam. It's not saving the world, but it saved our sanity. Pretty darn good if you ask me.

Tonight my best friend from kindergarten, Topanga T, came over at 4 so that Rex and I could go to the Dorothy Chandler Pavillion for My Fair Lady. AT & T sponsored the event - the same people who sent us to Jersey Boys last year. Free tickets, parking and dinner? Yeah, I know how lucky I am.

While the actual choreography, sets and talent were outstanding, I have to say that I hated the storyline. A gruff professor grabs some poor girl off the street, teaches her to speak nicely just to win a bet, is verbally abusive to her (and threatens to hit her), and alludes to throwing her back on the street when he wins.

Then she gets mad and leaves him. (Yeah!) Then she misses him. (Huh?) Then he treats her like crap again. (Baffoon!) Then he misses her. (Too late, buddy.) Then they get together. (Oh, not too late after all. Now this "lady" gets to live with a tramp after all. How romantic.)

I probably have thought about this too much, but that's my opinion.

Do we all have some gutter mouths in us? I do. That's for sure. Do we all have some ladies in us? I hope so. I bet you male readers hope so even more! Dumb joke. It's late. Moving on.

All I know is that I hope Pipsqueak knows better than to fall for some guy who treats her like an object. I'm guessing if he ever asks her to speak into a horned shaped recording device, she'll tell him to take it where the sun don't shine. Not even the rain in Spain will dislodge it.


His Girl said...

I have always hated those kinds of stories, too. I looooove the music from that play, but I also hope my girls are wise enough to realize that the kinds of "romances" that develop from those storylines don't end all happy times and pass the soda crackers, they basically just ... end (or drag on and on...)
give me a boring but true romance ANY day!

amisare waswerebeen said...

If she has an ounce of her mama in her, there will be no need to worry. Just let her know that she should never settle for less than, as Juno's dad put it, "someone that thinks the sun shines out of her a**."

liv said...

is that the plot of my fair lady?


not as loverly as i once imagined, but not as bad as the king and i starring hayley mills. ask me about that.

Ashley said...

I'm sure your beautiful daughter has more sense in her than well as a good mom to set her straight. Oh, and My Fair Lady isn't nearly as bad as Carousel, where the moral of the story is that if you really love the man who slaps you (be it your father or your husband or whoever) it won't really hurt when he hits you; it will feel like a kiss. Thanks Rodgers and Hammerstein!

sari said...

This is why I'm not a Pretty Woman fan.

PS Love the picture!

Ramblin' Red said...

Yeah, not a fan of the hero/life-altering savior theme either.

But to be fair...I HATE it when women talk about their husbands and "training" them. 1.) Usually because I'm jealous of their results, but 2.)Because it is this EXACT thing, only different genders.