Play Review: 'South Pacific'

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Having heard of the movie, and many of its most endearing songs like "Some Enchanted Evening," and "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair," I was somewhat prepared for the on-stage performance at the University of Miami Jerry Herman Ring Theatre. What I wasn't prepared for was to actually laugh out loud, and be completely riveted by the performances, the costumes, the acting, and the singing. The story of South Pacific was not one I was completely familiar with; before seeing the play, I had no idea it took place during World War Two. The setting is therefore a curious combination of tropical paradise and war. Thankfully, there is more of the former than the latter in this lighthearted comedy musical. South Pacific is not just a comedy, though. There are comedic elements, but it would be best described as a comedy-drama because it touches on some sensitive themes related to racism, relationships, and of course, the meaning of war.
The intention of the original scriptwriter was to bring to stage the core elements of the James Michener book of the same name, Tales of the South Pacific. Those elements include an affection for the culture of the Asia-Pacific region, and an exploration of inter-racial and inter-cultural relationship building in an era of rampant xenophobia. Because xenophobia, stereotyping, and prejudices still remain in modern society, South Pacific remains relevant and never feels dated. The actions on stage conveyed a lively love for living in the South
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