25 Sep 2013
Rebecca Luker: "What's the Use of Wond'rin'" (Carousel). The story of Julie Jordan and Billy Bigelow just makes me weep. It's an epic tragedy. You see Julie going down the wrong path; falling in love with a man who beats her. I'm torn about this show because it could be seen as condoning wife-beating. But I think, instead, Rodgers & Hammerstein were simply delving into the psyche of this lonely, delicate, yet fiercely loyal woman. Here's how Julie puts it: "What's the use of wond'rin' if the ending will be sad? He's your fella and you love him. There's nothin' more to say."
When her father dies unexpectedly, graphic novelist Alison dives deep into her past to tell the story of the volatile, brilliant, one-of-a-kind man whose temperament and secrets defined her family and her life.