ramblings of a sleep-deprived costume designer
~ Thursday, July 31 ~


My mum just texted me these…

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Hobbies include: annoying grumpy old men with my mere existence (at Cabaret the Musical Broadway)

Hobbies include: annoying grumpy old men with my mere existence (at Cabaret the Musical Broadway)

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(heavy breathing)

Please buy them or cr me to haggle I do not care

(Coatl on page 3)

Top are rippleshims with really nice terts, half twins

Middle are twins: white/maize/maize spiral crickcracks

Bottom left is a whitebelly wildclaw

(make them go away plz)

Oh my stars the noodle

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A few months back, I was asked to participate in a debate on the topic of whether men should have to pay on dates. (I was “the feminist.”) It turned out that the male debater and I didn’t really disagree much on that topic. I said that, generally, whoever asks the other person out pays for that date, and then at some point couples generally transition into sharing costs in whatever way works for them. He was actually pretty happy to pay for first dates; he just wanted women to say thank you and to not use him. I had no problem with that.

I think he said that women should offer to pay half, knowing they’ll probably be turned down. I said, well, sometimes — but what if the other person invited you someplace really expensive? What if you agreed to a date with the guy and he spent an hour saying crazy racist shit to you and you felt like you couldn’t escape? This is what led to our real disagreement.

The male debater felt strongly that if a woman wasn’t interested in a second date, she should say so on the spot. If the man says, “Let’s do this again sometime,” the woman shouldn’t say, “Sure, great,” and then back out later. I said that that was a nice ideal, but that he should keep in mind that most women spent most of their lives living in low-level fear of physical aggression from men. I think about avoiding rape (or other violence) every time I walk home from the subway, every time there’s an unexpected knock at the door, and certainly every time I piss off an unhinged man. So, if I were on a date with a man who I felt was unbalanced, creepy, overly aggressive, or possibly violent, and he asked if I wanted to “do this again sometime,” I would say whatever I felt would avoid conflict. And then I would leave, wait awhile, and hope that letting him down politely a few days later would avoid his finding me and turning my skin into an overcoat.

The male debater was furious that I had even brought this up. He felt that the threat of violence against women was irrelevant, and that I was playing some kind of “rape card” as a debate trick. He got angrier and angrier as we argued. I also got angrier and angrier, although I worked hard to keep speaking in a calm and considered way. He was shouting and cutting me off when I tried to speak. I pointed out that the debater himself was displaying exactly the sort of behavior that would make me very uncomfortable on a date. THAT made him livid.

He then called me “passive-aggressive.”

I was genuinely taken aback. “Actually,” I said, “I call this ‘behaving myself.’” It’s a lot of work to stay calm when you’re just as furious as the other person, and that other person is shouting at you. I felt that I was acting like a grownup — at some emotional cost to myself — and I wanted credit, not insults, for being able to speak in a normal tone of voice when I was having to explain things like, “We can’t tell who the rapists are before they turn violent, so sometimes we have to be cautious with men who do not intend to harm us.”
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P.S. obviously the overt and all-encompassing sexuality is a big part of Alan’s Emcee and I don’t really relate to that but the whole “otherworldly gender fairy who sometimes presents as totally masculine and sometimes presents as totally feminine but is usually somewhere else on the spectrum but will always be like ‘Hello yes this is me! Still me!’ no matter what he’s wearing and also black lipstick and eyeliner go with everything” vibe is so so important and inspiring to me and adghjdfgdkl

Tags: I don't know what I'm talking about any more and should go to sleep alan cumming I'll never get over the fact that I got a chance to tell him [the short version of] this and his reaction was to give me a big hug GOOD NIGHT late night thoughts
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More in depth Cabaret review now that I’m home and settled down:


-No but seriously if you are at all able to go see this show you really should, and if you’re between 18 and 35 years old you can get $25 tickets (which are in the last few rows but as demonstrated before it’s a small theater) SO YEAH

-Although Michelle Williams was still awful, possibly even worse since the last time….I can’t tell whether she was actually worse or if I just have higher standards now after listening to the 1998 cast recording a zillion times and becoming more informed on the show in general

-My family hated her way more than I did though which was pretty funny but I was willing to give her some slack since it’s hard to tell whether it’s just that the character of Sally is irritating and not particularly talented or that the actor is not doing a good job with being a Broadway performer?
But either way, she was the only one who seemed like she was really obviously acting while everyone else flawlessly embodied their characters (especially Alan, but duh.) but as several reviews have stated, she starts off super weak (Don’t Tell Mama was kind of painful) but gets better as the show goes on and her rendition of Cabaret at the end is successfully heartbreaking.

-Dear people who laughed when the Emcee came out at the end to introduce “Cabaret” and was obviously in bad shape and showing signs of drug abuse, and MORE IMPORTANTLY the people who laughed at the end of “If You Could See Her”, you did not deserve to be there.

-Dear Alan Cumming, bless you for staring down the audience at said points until all laughter had ceased and the room was completely quiet to continue your lines.

-Really just bless you in general. Be still, my heart.

-Dear everyone, thank you for not laughing or making other inappropriate noises during the finale since I’ve heard of that being a problem at other shows.

-Speaking of which, I thought the finale would be easier to watch when I knew what was coming but NOPE it made it way worse and I spent the last several minutes of the show shaking and crying. Fun times.

-I’m dying at this because it’s especially funny if it was taken at my show since the security was super on top of things about there being NO PHOTOGRAPHY ALLOWED AT ANY TIME (side note- whoops.) which they totally weren’t as strict about last time so ???

-Got a lot of compliments on my outfit from the staff which was nice!

-Can you use Hiptix more than once? Because I’m really tempted to see the show again once Michelle Williams leaves….

-$25 tickets are weird because the shirts in the merch store are $30 so I’m like “well, I could buy a shirt…..or for $5 less I could come see the show again…..?” Whoops.

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Tags: alan cumming cabaret SCREAMS this might have been taken during the show I was at??? also I showed my mom and her reaction was that it looked like me yes good
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