Seeing your Kinks on Stage

A Modern Take on Willaim Shakespeare - The Bard with a Black T and tattooed armsIn the opening 30 seconds a tall blond and uniformed type (and not to mention blind folded) man walks across the stage, grabs a woman, kisses her passionately and delivers a well place blow on her lovely back side with a riding crop.   An hour later there is a woman tied to a post wearing only her under garments (granted they were more bloomers than lingerie).  In between the two there were several muscle bound male Fairy types parading around in body suits, twirly pixie skirts, and edgy make up.   I know you think this another one of those posts where you think “well Duh captain obvious you must have been at another fetish performance or burlesque/drag/ whatever the fuck else goes on kind of events.”   And normally you’d be right but this time we were sitting quite literally front and center at a mainstream production of Shakespeare’s a Mid Summer Night’s Dream.
Don’t get me wrong it was not a fetish themed adaptation. It was a legitimate theater event with traditional scripting (excluding a few humorous asides), and costumes updated from the Victorian era to be pre world war one.   It had the General, the Officer, the debutant, her over bearing father, the cry for traditional Athenian justice etc.   Just in case you don’t know it’s a comedy and in this case was very well done.  So if you need something to do this coming weekend it’s at the Grandel Theater for 3 more performances ( It’s a cool small theater just around the corner from the Fox and Powell Hall).
The next morning over coffee with the Blonde we were discussing the play and the riding crop got mentioned.   I guess in a lot of ways it depends on your perspective how you view things.   First off a 1913 era general would most likely have a riding crop with him as part of his daily tools. Horses were still an everyday part of the military back then.  She remarked that she thought it was edgy he swatted her.  I on the other hand thought hmm.  I wish he’d give her a few more licks but guess it really isn’t that kind of show.   More or less I took it to be more playful and flirtatious.  It wasn’t a John Wayne take over your knee move which wasn’t all that edgy either if you ask me.   My summation is that men have been smacking women on the ass for one reason or another rightly or wrongly since before the missionary position was invented.   I thought of it as nothing more than boys being boys.  Having smacked a few asses over the years I do have a jaded point of reference.  Then again I tend to  keep the company of women who don’t mind and even like a few smacks on their butt.  As a matter of fact odds are if you don’t you’re probably not my kind of girl.  To each their own.
Then one of the female leads (Hermia if you must know) was tied to a tree stump.  I get it that was nothing more than part of the plot line and added to the comedy but the next morning  the fact it was done rope work was done so hap haphazardly irked me a bit.  That point was met with “It was funny,and the rope was not suppose to be the art. You’re a rope freak so get over it”.  The Blonde had a point but Jesus couldn’t they have cast just one cow boy, mountain climber, or rope top to not drive the occasionally kinkster in the audience crazy?  Oh right I’m not sure how you’d ask for that in the auditions.
As for the young muscle bound mystical creatures, their king, and queen, and the cross dressed Mechanical and butch-ish female Mechanical.  I found them fun and playful, it made me realize I was missing a gender fuck burlesque show on the other side of the highway but for the most part I just laughed along.
Still even in its own mild and not really kinky way it is always a little odd to see your kinks on a stage where you wouldn’t expect to.  Stepping away from my usual topics here’s my assessment.   St. Louis for as much as I make fun of it for being puritan, and conservative does have a good theater scene;  if you know where to look.  Once you get beyond the shows that are national touring productions at the big place in town there are tons of college, professional and, community theater groups worth checking out.
 
Postlude
Probably the wildest thing of all is that I can walk up the night of a show and get tickets to most of them, in particular Shakespeare productions that are not complete sell outs amaze me.  Where I come from you had to pre order tickets to high school productions and professional Shakespearean theater that wasn’t sold out every night is unheard of.

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