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    Subject: Oh Joshua, Sweet Joshua
    Date: Sep 8, 2001
    Sender: Christina HowardPrevious | Next

    I am somewhat marvelling at your review Mr. Joshua, because I too was exposed to the horror and hillarity of Fuck You and I share none of your opinions nor conceptual assumptions about the intent of this show. I saw the first production of Fuck You last December, before it was entered in the Fringe, when it was more a work in progress, and even then I was struck dumb by it's immense potential and obvious implications. As an intelligent and intuitive young woman, I found Fuck You to be a shrewd yet surrealistic observation of the often pitiful condition of the high school and human ideal. The fact that you were expecting a "movingly impressionistic picture" of this high school lifestyle is your first mistake. The minds behind Fuck You weren't attempting this at all. To them, that's all bullshit. In my opinion, there's really nothing moving nor impressionistic about high school--it's an ordeal that most of us are forced to endure, and some of us come out with a better understanding of others and most come out of it like you. Not that I'm insulting you, it's just that after reading your review, I realize that YOU are exactly what Fuck You is targeted at. Notice again the title. I don't see how anyone can come away from this experience without being shaken, inspired, and forced to look on the human condition in a new way. It's dirty, it's revolting, it's funny in that sick feverish way the world seems when you're in the depths of despair and you can't even fathom there being a surface. Fuck You takes many perverted aspects of adolescence (most which are never grown out of) and exploits it so that we are forced to watch it, rather than cover it up and pretend we don't have this in ourselves. This isn't an attempt to understand high school killings. People have been killing each other for centuries. There's nothing interesting about why people kill. What's interesting is the perspective the creators of Fuck You offer us as an audience. Notice what they picked on. Notice what they glorified and the pure ridiculousness of it all. These people weren't on the homecoming court. They don't want 9 to 5 jobs and they sure don't want to be web developers. They want to expose what is constantly being smoothed over by our rapidly numbing society. The more we ignore statements like Fuck You and turn only towards more "movingly impressionistic pieces," the more we buy into the bullshit, and the more we fail to win the battle to understand ourselves.
    But who am I, you know? You're the one
    with the review website.


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    Comment index:

  • fuck you   from john bowman, Sep 6, 2001
  • » Oh Joshua, Sweet Joshua «   from Christina Howard, Sep 8, 2001
  • Pay no attention to that man behind the by-line   from Lisa Gardner, Sep 9, 2001
  • Gentle Suggestion for Lisa and Christina.   from Frank L. Gehry, Sep 14, 2001
  • Oh sit down   from Louis Friend, Oct 9, 2001
  • responding to critics   from tony buccola, Jan 7, 2003
  • Re: responding to critics   from Johanna Buccola, Mar 20, 2003
  • WHAT?   from Kellie, Nov 25, 2004
  • [no subject]   from Theater Buff, Mar 27, 2005
  • Re: [no subject]   from Buff Buff, Jul 5, 2005
  • Great Job Guys!   from Andy Orwig, May 16, 2005
  • Re: Great Job Guys!   from Tanya Ritchie, Jan 24, 2006
  • Re: Great Job Guys!   from Johanna, Dec 24, 2009
  • My New Play   from Tanya Ritchie, Jan 25, 2006
  • [no subject]   from Dalton Senior, Mar 3, 2006
  • Pee hole?   from Atticus, Jul 27, 2006
  • fuck you   from john bowman, Sep 6, 2001
  • » Oh Joshua, Sweet Joshua «   from Christina Howard, Sep 8, 2001
  • Pay no attention to that man behind the by-line   from Lisa Gardner, Sep 9, 2001
  • Gentle Suggestion for Lisa and Christina.   from Frank L. Gehry, Sep 14, 2001
  • Oh sit down   from Louis Friend, Oct 9, 2001
  • responding to critics   from tony buccola, Jan 7, 2003
  • Re: responding to critics   from Johanna Buccola, Mar 20, 2003
  • WHAT?   from Kellie, Nov 25, 2004
  • [no subject]   from Theater Buff, Mar 27, 2005
  • Re: [no subject]   from Buff Buff, Jul 5, 2005
  • Great Job Guys!   from Andy Orwig, May 16, 2005
  • Re: Great Job Guys!   from Tanya Ritchie, Jan 24, 2006
  • Re: Great Job Guys!   from Johanna, Dec 24, 2009
  • My New Play   from Tanya Ritchie, Jan 25, 2006
  • [no subject]   from Dalton Senior, Mar 3, 2006
  • Pee hole?   from Atticus, Jul 27, 2006