[No amount of barbie dolls will make this picture any less gay. – Anna Sohn (Giulietta) and Franziska Rabl (Romeo), looking for all purposes as if the grand “Rizzoli & Isles” finale will be Jane marrying the returned-from-the-dead Senior Criminalist Susie Chang, who has gotten contacts and hair extensions on the other side, but still frowns just the same. And just like that show, this production is totally straight. Riight. – Bellini’s “I Capuleti e i Montecchi” staged by Ultz for Landestheater Niederbayern/Passau 2015.]
Today, for White Shirt Monday: How queer is your Lens?
Watch the trailer below and tell me what you see:
Ever since first seeing this (DTO blogged about it in spring 2015, when this show opened in Passau), I was of the casual assumption that, yes, – and on a small-scale Stadttheater stage at that – someone had finally staged “Capuleti” as “2 Girls in Love”. Between the trademark Rizzoli shirt and heels for Romeo, come on!
And this is not “just give me a shirt and a coat and I’ll be a convincing young man without any props
(ah, you all know who I am talking about)” either (Jane Rizzoli boots *are* props).
But, apparently, there was no queer intention. At least not outspoken – both trailers (link to the second one below) carefully avoid addressing gender, the second one speaks of ‘two young adults’, yet all the reviews I found describe a male Romeo. – Did the press simply not get it? Did Ultz pull a silent coup in the deep Catholic province?
Then again, never underestimate the South. Perhaps the enthusiastic audiences simply saw an engaging show and chose to see whatever they wanted to see reflected (I am still hung up on that shirt, though. Hello, GAY!), leaving space for others to be reflected, too (hey, “Rizzoli & Isles”: now *there’s* idea for a finale, instead of pushing everyone into new careers and marriages past and future). Screw gender, all you need is a love story.
(though really, how well would a secret-queer-love-story-of-the-1950s work for “Capuleti”? Hell, it could even be the 2000s. Though I hope that by the 2050s, that angle won’t fly anymore, anywhere.)
PS: You know what’s even gayer? The dress rehearsal footage trailer with the alternate cast:
[The more I watch this, the more I am convinced the angle was “let’s make it totally gay and not address it at all and get a laugh at the wordings of the reviews”. – Sabine Noack as
Jane Romeo and Emily Fultz as Giulietta during the dress rehearsal of Bellini’s “I Capuleti e i Montecchi”, Landestheater Niederbayern 2015.]