Letters to the Editor

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Frankly Speaking

Regarding James Braxton Peterson’s feature on hip-hop artist Frank Ocean, who revealed that his first love was a man:

Thank you Ocean for showing that it is OK to be gay. You are saving the lives of many gay teens who are struggling with their sexuality. Thank you for also showing that gay doesn’t mean being effeminate, it means who you love.

ANONYMOUS, via philadelphiaweekly.com

Spring to Attention

Regarding J. Cooper Robb’s review of Mazeppa Production’s staging of “Spring Awakening”:

This was a great show and I will definitely see it again. I was especially impressed with Zach Kononov, who played Otto. Even though he was just part of the ensemble, he had a beautiful and strong voice and was always energetic and animated. Definitely an actor worth watching for in the future. Congrats to Mazeppa on a job well done!

ANONYMOUS, via philadelphiaweekly.com

I loved, loved, loved this production. It was so great to see this musical completely re-invented and outside of the box. The 1950’s theme fit the sexual oppression that the characters suffer from and I felt so moved after the show. I completely agree the adults and ensemble steal the show. Mazeppa Productions hit it out of the park! My only complaints were Moritz and Wendla. His singing was extremely screechy/whiney—I had a difficult time enjoying my favorite songs. The actress who played Wendla was way too soft and I had to strain to hear her (mind you, the theatre is extremely small). She seemed very weak and didn’t have the raw sexual energy you expect to see from the character.

ANONYMOUS, via philadelphiaweekly.com

X Marks the Spot

Regarding Jeffrey Barg’s and Laura Boyce’s list of 18 reasons to go to the XPoNential Music Festival:

Another great reason to go to the XPN fest is to see the best female singer-songwriter, Kathleen Edwards. [But] XPN’s new format is terrible. Susquehanna Center’s lawn is the worst place in the WORLD. Who wants to get up after getting settled for the day and schlep over to the worst place to see a screen?

JIM, via philadelphiaweekly.com

I would rather see the Killers than the entire XPoNential Festival. I was actually interested to see the points made for this argument, but was frustrated to see lame jokes and poor comparisons. Girl Talk is in a league of his own and you can’t compare Jack White to any contemporary musician. This is an insult to the bands playing Firefly, who are more respected and talented. I’ll see you in Delaware.

CODY FOX, via philadelphiaweekly.com

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