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The Hanslick Girls

"Three is company, safe and cheery" -Stephen Sondheim

The Chosen One: J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone”

Meet the Hanslick Girls: Gwen, Eleanor and Dania. Created by writer Zach Barr, they are a trio of friends who are always out experiencing the best of entertainment. Be it plays, films, concerts, exhibits, or games, they’ve learned that the arts are best when experienced together. They may not have the same opinions, but their conversations tend to make for an entertaining read. Recently, the girls revisited the original Harry Potter book, which began J.K. Rowling’s “wizarding world” two decades ago. Let’s listen in on their conversation…

 

They don’t know we’re not allowed to use magic at home. I’m going to have a lot of fun with Dudley this summer…

And she closed the book, laying it on her chest. Eleanor stared at the ceiling. It was one of those books that left you awaiting the sequel – even after you’d read the sequel. Of course, the Wizarding World was much more than just a book series at this point – twenty years of midnight releases, summer blockbuster films, magical theme parks, and West End plays had firmly cemented J.K. Rowling’s creations as a cornerstone of early 21st century popular culture. Even those who hadn’t read the saga of Harry Potter could recognize the names Hermione, Voldemort, and Hogwarts. After the release of the 6th book in 2005, the publicly known spoiler “_____ Kills ________” was almost as famous and no-longer-a-spoiler as “Darth Vader is ____’s Father” or “Rosebud Was His ____.”

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Saving Face Cards: Rikki Tahta’s “Coup”

Meet the Hanslick Girls: Gwen, Eleanor and Dania. Created by writer Zach Barr, they are a trio of friends who are always out experiencing the best of entertainment. Be it plays, films, concerts, exhibits, or restaurants, they’ve learned that the arts are best when experienced together. They may not have the same opinions, but their conversations tend to make for an entertaining read. Recently, the girls were introduced to a card game by La Mame Games about the fun of deception and political gain. Let’s listen in on their conversation…

 

“Come on, Dania, you said ‘just a minute’ three minutes ago!”

“It’s an expression! It’s figurative!

Eleanor cut the plastic wrap off the game box anyway, and proceeded to shuffle the small stack of cards. As Contessas and Ambassadors flashed by in the deck, Eleanor caught Gwen stacking the small cardboard tokens into even piles.

“You’re going to want to leave those unstacked for the game,” Eleanor explained. “You want to be able to see how many tokens everyone else has.”

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Beyond The Surface: The Dating App “Tinder”

Meet the Hanslick Girls: Gwen, Eleanor and Dania. Created by writer Zach Barr, they are a trio of friends who are always out experiencing the best of entertainment. Be it plays, films, concerts, exhibits, or restaurants, they’ve learned that the arts are best when experienced together. They may not have the same opinions, but their conversations tend to make for an entertaining read. Recently, the Girls clashed over the art of app design – codified in the digital flame of one of the most popular smartphone apps. Let’s hear their conversation…

 

*swipe*

*swipe*

*swipe*

Gwen leaned over the couch armrest, her cheek resting in her palm, looking down at her phone. Her thumb traced circles over the screen, flicking photo after photo in a seemingly endless string of small choices. Weeding through a series of potential partners, and life stories that might get written. She’d previously described it as “all the fun of looking for lost keys,” at least to Dania. But now a few months out of college and with no S.O. to speak of, Gwen had decided to at least dip a toe into digital dating – to at least get her bearings.

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Signifying Nothing: The First National Tour of “Something Rotten”

Meet the Hanslick Girls: Gwen, Eleanor and Dania. Created by writer Zach Barr, they are a trio of friends who are always out experiencing the best of entertainment. Be it plays, films, concerts, exhibits, or restaurants, they’ve learned that the arts are best when experienced together. They may not have the same opinions, but their conversations tend to make for an entertaining read. Recently, the Girls saw “Something Rotten!,” Broadway’s musical comedy about Shakespeare, kind of. Let’s hear what they had to say on their way back from the theater…

 

Right off the bat, Dania could tell that Gwen was going to hate this show.

Which was disappointing. By the time applause for the opening number, the comedic and quick-moving “Welcome To The Renaissance,” had faded away, Dania could sense most of Gwen’s criticisms. The show wasn’t taking itself seriously. The history was entirely inaccurate. The comedy wasn’t funny enough – Dania had been overwhelmingly enjoying the humor, but assumed that Gwen would probably dislike it. After all, this was a musical that took it upon itself to rhyme “genius,” describing Shakespeare, with “penis,” describing the put-upon protagonist Nick Bottom who hated the Bard. In fact, his rant regarding why Will gets to be “The Bard” rather than just “a bard” had mirrored a conversation Dania and Gwen had actually had once.

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