Part satire, part political comedy and pure over-the-top musical extravaganza, Of Thee I Sing is hilarious. It won the Pulitzer, and if nothing else, it’s an excellent reminder of why award committees need to abandon their weird obsession with only giving prestigious awards to dramas. Frankly, most dramas fail to make such astute and accurate observations on American society as Of Thee I Sing manages in song.
A handsome and charismatic presidential candidate, in order to give his campaign a boost and avoid discussing real issues, agrees to participate in a nationwide beauty pageant with the winner becoming his wife. It’s The Bachelor meets politics, and in some ways, it might be more relevant now than it was in the 1930s.
A problem arises, however, when instead of the beautiful Southern belle who wins the contest, the candidate falls for an average-looking woman. His campaign spins the switch, but the public jilting leads to lawsuits and a possible international incident.
I need to see a staged (or filmed) version of this play. Of Thee I Sing is a wonderful commentary on modern America, which just goes to show: the more things change, the more they stay the same. Or Kaufman, Ryskind, and the Gershwins were psychic. Highly recommended.
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|Title||Of Thee I Sing|
|Author||George S. Kaufman|
|File size||4.6 Mb|
|eBook format||Unknown Binding, (torrent)|
|Book rating||3.94 (29 votes)
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