A lot has changed for MILCK, the artist behind the song “Quiet,” which went viral following the 2016 presidential election and became the unofficial anthem of the Women’s March in January. A lot has stayed the same, too. For one thing, she still has no intention of keeping quiet -- and to show it, she has released a new, uplifting video for the track.
"I'm sorry, there's just a lot going on right now," Lizzo tells me over the phone. The 28-year-old singer-rapper is on her way to the airport and what's going on is some problem with the car tires, a problem that's interrupting our interview as she hurriedly confers with the driver. But she may as well be talking about her career. Or America, for that matter.
Writing sketch comedy, as I learned during my one and only class on sketch comedy writing last summer, relies on establishing the “game” of the scene. That is, a pattern of behavior that breaks from the everyday and from which the humor flows — often to the point of absurdity. If you think about it, that pretty accurately describes the dating game too.
Inside, participants endure pitch-black tunnels and hallways, and an eerie, fog-lit staging of The Crucible. At one point they're hooded and gently laid in a room of pulsing light, and at other times given simple yet apparently urgent tasks to complete: tying ribbons, dressing others, laying on tables, playing a piano. Actors prod, embrace and otherwise invade their personal space. And just when they think they know what's going on, they're grabbed or thrust along to the next disorienting part of the journey.
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