Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing. CTE photo. Tomson Highway. Tragi- comedy drama in two acts by Tomson Highway, first produced in. Nominee, Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing tells another story of the mythical Wasaychigan Hill Indian. This article reconsiders the place of hockey within Tomson Highway’s play Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing, ultimately arguing that the re-evaluative.
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I picked up on the symbolism but to be honest most of the time I have no idea what the heck is going on. Sharon Pollack, George F. To view it, click here.
This inversion of tragedy as comedy is prevalent in Native writing: Aug 16, Smilingplatypus rated it liked it Shelves: As Monique Mojica contends, First Nations theatre plays with the conventions and tools of European theatre to create its own decolonizing productions qtd. Perhaps what Highway is suggesting here is not actual childbirth but rather the possibility of creation. May 17, Mathias rated it it was ok. Highway works to disable the dramatic mechanisms that may lead white audiences to believe what they just saw is a self-contained, stable testament of True Nativeness that they may understand, pack away, and leave in the theatre.
A collage of cultural references, both Native and non-Native, accompany the unseen hockey game, underlining its role as tk site of intercultural blending. As Gilbert explains, the theatre gives post-colonial writers a chance to interrupt the homogeneity of colonial speech with their own linguistic voices, creating a heterogeneous cultural space:.
The action thus moves between the auditorium and the stage, implicating the audience in the cultural redefinition yo the Wailerettes represent. However, its avalanche of characters, scenes, gimmicks, and themes was too overwhelming–especially because I didn’t find it easy to distinguish between the characters and their motivations, to say nothing of the constant fadings in and out of tiny symbolic scenes dealing with issues that I felt needed more time and gravitas.
It was just entirely confusing for me.
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The kapuskasong acts are very well defined; the first act is very comedy heavy while the second is very tragedy filled and difficult to read in certain spots. University of Toronto P, Jessica Langston Concordia University. World Hockey League, they call themselves. Zachary wants to start a bakery, Big Joey a radio station.
As with Trickster, then, change comes with the ability to disrupt and to create. Included within this play are various topics which kapusaksing brushed upon to tease readers and audiences alike, without ever giving up a gratifying or even satisfactory resolution.
Nov 09, Maroosh rated it it was ok. Interesting mix of characters and symbolism, but I hated its treatment of Christianity. I will also point out that I read the script and haven’t seen it live, which is probably for the best given the aforementioned disturbing bi “Liked” is not really the right word for this play. An engaging, flowing re Highway’s play is rich with meaning, but not the kind that can be boiled down to a few sentences.
Mar 23, Benjamin Louter rated it it was ok. Although the mood darkens with the rape of Patsy Pegahmagahbow and the death of Simon Starblanket, and the Rez descends into chaos with rdy playing of the hockey game, harmony is eventually restored when Zachary awakens from his nightmare — which has comprised the preceding action in the play.
Gah I just dunno where to start to be honest. It occasioned critical controvery over the portrayal of the denigration of Native women by the men. Nov 02, Molly added it.
Scholars such as Dennis Kennedy, Sarah S. Thanks for telling us about the problem.
Dry Lips Oughta Move To Kapuskasing by Tomson Highway
Returning to the play, we will devote the remainder of the essay to demonstrate through close textual analysis how hockey comes to stand for the theatre as a potentially revolutionary space of cultural hybridity. What marks them as Other, as different, is celebrated within the hockey arena. This may not be a play for lipa casual reader or even a good introduction to Canadian drama.
Wailing is a wordless cry taken up by the community, and adopted by the female hockey players to mark their own participation in the disruption—a kind of concretizing of the abstract sound of wailing.
Later, however, lacrosse became a modern oughya with deliberate work-week schedules that disallowed working class participation; it was gentrified Generally, I did not enjoy reading this brutish play and would probably not recommend it to anyone except in rare or specific cases. Aug 12, A rated it it was amazing. When reading a play, you are thrown right into the middle of the action, often with very little context and it can sometimes be difficult to get an initial grasp on the story and characters, especially with contemporary drama which tends to push the envelope.
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