Last night a bunch of celebrities participated in a staged reading of Dustin Lance Black’s Proposition 8 play. Black wrote the script from the trial transcripts and showed “Yes on 8” TV ads between segments. So imagine our surprise to hear that the National Organization for Marriage’s Maggie Gallagher sat in the balcony loudly munching on a bag of snacks during the entire show. Anti-equality and rude theater manners? Jesus, Maggie. Were you raised by goblins?
But even more interesting is what Mrs. Srivastav must have thought seeing her herself portrayed by Jayne Houdyshell onstage. Good As You‘s Jeremy Hooper shares the laughs that came at Srivastav’s expense:
When Campbell Brown (in the role of cable news anchor) announced the name “Maggie Gallagher,” I heard a few titters, surely from people who are well versed in all that she has said and done in the name of bias. But then the laugh really came on just a few seconds later, when — either by direction, actor choice, or just happy accident — Houdyshell had her Maggie start talking before Brown was done speaking. The audience roared at the familiarity of that. Because it’s exactly what Maggie always does in TV debates: She steamrolls right over whomever she’s facing, making her points regardless of decorum. I suspect that’s why the audience uproariously laughed in the way that they did: Because even the less politically informed still had a passing familiarity with Maggie and her style.
Hooper’s recount of Gallagher’s role in the play is well worth reading, but how nice is it to hear that Srivastav has finally seen her own face in a historic mirror that will not reflect on her kindly.
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