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Do Ask, Do Tell! - Operetta Libretto 1. Gilbert and Sullivan go to Washington

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The spring of 2010. Congress must decide the fate of Gay folks serving the the military. Witnesses include a pop star, a foreign-born media mogul, and a comedian - all with a secret!

What happens when satire runs a muck? It only proves that you can't make this stuff up. 

Copyright © 2017 AC Benus; All Rights Reserved.

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Books, novella's, short stories ... all generally considered to be read.
Reading an operetta libretto though was a first for me, and I wasn't disappointed.
Not too complicated a story-line (as befits an operetta), but a well executed satire.
Although the don't-ask-don't-tell era seems behind us, I'm afraid it needs more than an official change in outlook to have accepted that discrimination on grounds of a person's sexual orientation should be banned. We still have a long way to go.

 

For me the most impressing was the following song, reminiscent of the "I have a dream"-speach, transcanding the gay issue and much broader suitable:
I close my eyes and can imagine a time,
Perhaps not far from today,
When no one equal has to trail behind,
For what long dead people say.
I can glimpse from here time’s bright horizon,
Where dawn breaks on everyone,
Irregardless of others’ perception,
In a time unbarred to anyone.

 

So, as is appropriate after the curtain falls, we call for the author and applaud him.

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On 07/20/2015 01:32 AM, J.HunterDunn said:

Books, novella's, short stories ... all generally considered to be read.

Reading an operetta libretto though was a first for me, and I wasn't disappointed.

Not too complicated a story-line (as befits an operetta), but a well executed satire.

Although the don't-ask-don't-tell era seems behind us, I'm afraid it needs more than an official change in outlook to have accepted that discrimination on grounds of a person's sexual orientation should be banned. We still have a long way to go.

 

For me the most impressing was the following song, reminiscent of the "I have a dream"-speach, transcanding the gay issue and much broader suitable:

I close my eyes and can imagine a time,

Perhaps not far from today,

When no one equal has to trail behind,

For what long dead people say.

I can glimpse from here time’s bright horizon,

Where dawn breaks on everyone,

Irregardless of others’ perception,

In a time unbarred to anyone.

 

So, as is appropriate after the curtain falls, we call for the author and applaud him.

Gosh, thank you for a review that makes me smile ear to ear. What you have to say about the 'dream speech' is pretty amazing. That's high praise indeed, even if only by way of comparison. You've left me speechless, but feeling great. Thank you!

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