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2021 26 Aug

The Chair – a wise, wry show that is not to missed

von: Brian Whistler Filed under: Blog | TB | 6 Comments

 
 

The Chair, a new dramedy on Netflix, starring the wonderful Sandra Oh and a perfectly cast Jay Duplass, is an amazing balancing act of social satire, drama and wild, over the top, even at times physical comedy. Yet at its heart, the creators, Amanda Peet and Annie Julia Wyman have some serious things to say. It deals with many contemporary issues, the way social media is used to manipulate public perception, even among “woke Liberals,” and takes on the power structures of academia, ageism, racism, sexism, wokeism head on, shedding a knowing light on the dynamics of women in power, both in how they are viewed by their male counterparts, and also in how they are seen by other women aspiring to rise in a male-dominated field. It is clear the creators had something more than mere satire in mind, its main characters are far more nuanced than stereotypes, and it manages to insert moments of real pathos amidst the genuinely funny set pieces. Not to be missed.

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6 Comments

  1. Michael Engelbrecht:

    Fine, fine. Can be seen in Netflix in Germany, too.
    Sandra Oh is simply great.

  2. Brian Whistler:

    This one in right up there with White Lotus.

  3. Michael Engelbrecht:

    Never heard from that one.

    Only know THE JEWEL IN THE LOTUS, from Mr. Maupin.

  4. Brian Whistler:

    I was referencing Mike White’s brilliant new HBO mini series called White Lotus. It’s a scathing social commentary on class, race, and human relationships. I put it right up there. Just excellent and funny as fuck.

  5. ijb:

    I haven’t been able to watch White Lotus yet, because it’s not (yet) on the streaming service we have a subscription for, but I read an intriguing interview with Mike White a few weeks ago in The New Yorker.

    Maybe you’ve already read it. But in case you haven’t, here’s the link

  6. Jochen:

    „Schaurige Tropen“ (sueddeutsche)

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