Quantcast
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs

If only you had a brain

Queens focuses on the personal and the visceral

I saw Queens on the eve of Independence Day, so I was particularly struck by the fact that not a single positive thing was said about the United States in the entire show.

How can you write a play about people who sacrifice everything else to get to a place while simultaneously saying nothing positive about that place? The answer is: present a set of characters who are here strictly for the economic opportunities, women who don’t particularly like America or Americans. Have them look back fondly to their country of origin without mentioning its drug cartels or Sharia law. Don’t mention religious or political persecution, because that might make America look good in comparison.

Don’t mention anything about America’s founding principles, American history, freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of association, or the fact that women in America have equal rights.

Write characters who don’t see anything good about America other than the opportunity to make money. And then don’t explain why there are more opportunities to make money in America.

Then make those characters tough and scrappy, so that the audience can admire and root for them. It helps if you have (as this production does) superb acting and a striking set.

Queens is an accurate reflection of our current political malaise. It focuses on the personal and the visceral. It drums up sympathy while never transcending emotional reactions. It’s as if we were all on the yellow brick road, not skipping hand-in-hand, helping one another to a place of healing, but doing a push-me-pull-me, shouting at one another, “If only you had a heart!” and “If only you had a brain!”

Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all
Coronavirus information & solutions for the professional cleaner
San Diego Reader Classified ads
March 27, 2020
CIGAR BOXES
San Diego Reader Classified ads
March 24, 2020
BAJA STEEL ERECTION & FAB
San Diego Reader Classified ads
March 24, 2020
I have a truck and will help you move!
San Diego Reader Classified ads
March 27, 2020
MR GUITAR LESSONS
San Diego Reader Classified ads
March 24, 2020
Ad
Previous article

Boozemakers get into hand sanitizer business during shortage

Local distilleries to supply first responders, health care workers, and the San Diego Food Bank
Next Article

Best Reader stories from 2018

Adam Parfrey, Vietnam MIA clues, Sea of Cortez murders, Highway 79 microclimates, Horton Plaza, Lime scooters, Lincoln High teacher gone
Comments
2

Antireview is right - where is this playing and when does it close? Who is in the cast? Who directed? Who is the playwright? Etc.

July 11, 2018

La Jolla Playhouse. Written by Martyna Majok and directed by Carey Perloff. Playing until 7/29.

July 17, 2018

Sign in to comment

Sign in

Good actors, scrappy characters, and yet...
Good actors, scrappy characters, and yet...

I saw Queens on the eve of Independence Day, so I was particularly struck by the fact that not a single positive thing was said about the United States in the entire show.

How can you write a play about people who sacrifice everything else to get to a place while simultaneously saying nothing positive about that place? The answer is: present a set of characters who are here strictly for the economic opportunities, women who don’t particularly like America or Americans. Have them look back fondly to their country of origin without mentioning its drug cartels or Sharia law. Don’t mention religious or political persecution, because that might make America look good in comparison.

Don’t mention anything about America’s founding principles, American history, freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of association, or the fact that women in America have equal rights.

Write characters who don’t see anything good about America other than the opportunity to make money. And then don’t explain why there are more opportunities to make money in America.

Then make those characters tough and scrappy, so that the audience can admire and root for them. It helps if you have (as this production does) superb acting and a striking set.

Queens is an accurate reflection of our current political malaise. It focuses on the personal and the visceral. It drums up sympathy while never transcending emotional reactions. It’s as if we were all on the yellow brick road, not skipping hand-in-hand, helping one another to a place of healing, but doing a push-me-pull-me, shouting at one another, “If only you had a heart!” and “If only you had a brain!”

Sponsored
Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all
WALKING DOG IN MIRA MESA
San Diego Reader Classified ads
March 24, 2020
SPRING VALLEY HOME $425,000.
San Diego Reader Classified ads
March 24, 2020
Wanted Live On Property
San Diego Reader Classified ads
March 30, 2020
WANT USED AVIATION MAGAZINES
San Diego Reader Classified ads
March 24, 2020
Bass Guitar
San Diego Reader Classified ads
March 30, 2020
Previous article

Neil Diamond’s Coronavirus Parody, Don Lemaster of San Diego Musical Theatre

Events April 2-April 4, 2020
Next Article

Best Reader stories from 2017

Spruce Street, Balboa Park trees, OB and Gaslamp night scenes, grunion, Fitzgerald, Border Angels, Trail Angels, Pendleton for kids, San Diego Zoo's bonobos, Los Coyotes deaths
Comments
2

Antireview is right - where is this playing and when does it close? Who is in the cast? Who directed? Who is the playwright? Etc.

July 11, 2018

La Jolla Playhouse. Written by Martyna Majok and directed by Carey Perloff. Playing until 7/29.

July 17, 2018

Sign in to comment

Sign in

Art Reviews — W.S. Di Piero's eye on exhibits Ask a Hipster — Advice you didn't know you needed Best Buys — San Diego shopping Big Screen — Movie commentary Blurt — Music's inside track Booze News — San Diego spirits City Lights — News and politics Classical Music — Immortal beauty Classifieds — Free and easy Cover Stories — Front-page features Excerpts — Literary and spiritual excerpts Famous Former Neighbors — Next-door celebs Feast! — Food & drink reviews Feature Stories — Local news & stories From the Archives — Spotlight on the past Golden Dreams — Talk of the town Here's the Deal — Chad Deal's watering holes Just Announced — The scoop on shows Letters — Our inbox [email protected] — Local movie buffs share favorites Movie Reviews — Our critics' picks and pans Musician Interviews — Up close with local artists Neighborhood News from Stringers — Hyperlocal news News Ticker — News & politics Obermeyer — San Diego politics illustrated Of Note — Concert picks Out & About — What's Happening Overheard in San Diego — Eavesdropping illustrated Poetry — The old and the new Pour Over — Grab a cup Reader Travel — Travel section built by travelers Reading — The hunt for intellectuals Roam-O-Rama — SoCal's best hiking/biking trails San Diego Beer News — Inside San Diego suds SD on the QT — Almost factual news Set 'em Up Joe — Bartenders' drink recipes Sheep and Goats — Places of worship Special Issues — The best of Sports — Athletics without gush Street Style — San Diego streets have style Suit Up — Fashion tips for dudes Theater Reviews — Local productions Theater antireviews — Narrow your search Tin Fork — Silver spoon alternative Under the Radar — Matt Potter's undercover work Unforgettable — Long-ago San Diego Unreal Estate — San Diego's priciest pads Waterfront — All things ocean Your Week — Daily event picks
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs
Close