Bruce C. Miller 
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Re: “Review: Virginia Rep’s “I Do! I Do!”

Like all people who refuse to place any value or respect on perspectives other than their own, Rich Griset consistently fails to understand or accurately represent what is occurring on stage. He is quite correct in saying, "the musical shows the egotistical Michael steamroll his wife as the duo ages." He is completely wrong in saying, "the subtext is a celebration of the view that women are silly creatures who are undeserving of respect." Actually, the subtext is the exact opposite. The subtext (not all that sub-, really) is that men like Michael are horse's hind parts who have to learn the hard way that their wives not only deserve respect, but are also worthy of it. Griset asks, "why is a show with ... so many dated concepts being staged in 2016?" The answer is simple: an old man like me still values revisiting the lessons learned and taught by previous generations. I get a kick out of watching Michael get his comeuppance and Agnes gain her respect as the decades march on and societal attitudes change for the better. I get a tear in my eye when they kiss at the end and sing, "Marriage is a very good thing, though it's far from easy. Still, it's filled this house with life and love." Griset finally states, "I'd be lying if I didn't add that some members of the audience genuinely seemed to enjoy themselves." They must be the ones providing the standing ovations. Thanks for not lying, Rich. Sorry you didn't get it.

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Posted by Bruce C. Miller on 03/04/2016 at 4:14 PM

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