Dumb Cr*p’s Just Too Damn Slow

The Politics of Disability in Newsies (2012) Kay Berlatsky In Newsies, one of the more prominent background characters is Crutchie, a newsboy who is one of Jack (the protagonist)’s closest friends. He’s been part of the group for long enough to be a fully accepted member, and he is competent at selling newspapers. He is also…

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Who Cares About Patriarchy?

How Fiddler on the Roof Uses Two Separate Ensembles to Show the Effects of Oppression By Kay Berlatsky Fiddler On the Roof is a musical about the life of Jewish people, an oppressed group, and how that group relates to the Russians, who possess and exploit power over them. As part of the exploration of this dynamic, Fiddler establishes a…

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The Weapon of Womanhood

In The King and I, Anna, a white woman from England, comes to Siam in order to teach the children of the royal family English. She has a tragic history involving the loss of her husband, as well as a son who is accompanying her. This history, when combined with the differences between her culture…

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