'The Death Of The Moon' Presents The Sex Industry In A New Light

'The Death Of The Moon' Presents The Sex Industry In A New Light

The clichéd tale of a sex worker is more telling than it seems.

Blue lights, long shadows, and overturned crates make for a minimal setting, but a passably gritty one. For an off-Broadway production and a one-hour, one-woman show, it’s unsurprising. The show itself, however, hides some truth in the darkness.

Through October 8th, The Theater Center of New York presents “The Death of the Moon,” a musical about a woman who “rhapsodizes about her loneliness and downward spiral into the seedy underbelly of New York City.” Chloe Tucker plays Danielle, our tragic and sole heroine. Her voice, as all the reviews read, is easily one of the few qualities that carry the production for an hour. Fitting nineteen, often cryptic, musical numbers into her time frame is no easy feat, and she does it with undeniable skill and grace ― in heels at that.

The narrative of the musical, however, is lost on most. While it is advertised as “an alluringly gritty new musical that tells the story of a young woman's life as it spirals down into a world of drugs and prostitution,” we never see so much a spiral as we do a snapshot of her already-spiraled life. She enters the stage as a sex worker and exits as one, claiming big dreams of fame that are inhibited by her criminal record and her occupation. Her drug and alcohol consumption are an added deterrent, but neither are explained nor significantly effective of her, particularly given the time frame of the story. She manages to drink a glass full of sparkly something mid-song― an event that registers more impressive than damaging. It’s difficult to perceive her substance abuse as genuinely impactful when it is so casually inserted as a quirk.

Though we never quite understand why she is a sex worker, she reveals the tale of a past lover who cheated on her with her friend. That anecdote pervades the narrative, suggesting that she has been wronged by lovers beyond her current work, and that it is this heartbreak that initiates the spiral. This elicits some sympathy, but is still too far detached from the plot to be truly meaningful.

It is worth adding that our heroine is a humorous one; her critique of wealthy Manhattanites, their broken relationships, and their reliance on the sex industry is light-hearted but certainly well-intended. She defies an otherwise overwhelming cliché in how colorfully she details the role of the sex industry in modern society, and the popular distaste for it that contrasts with how frequently people entertain it. She knows that she has an indispensable worth in her society, even if it’s everyone’s dirty secret.

However, as rushed as it felt and how uneventful it was, watching the performance is still insightful, particularly in the wake of Hugh Hefner’s death. While women graced the front covers and glossy pages of his publication, they served a purpose dictated and controlled by the male gaze. They possessed, like our heroine, a sexuality owned by others. Danielle’s character voices the impact of “creating a brand that is synonymous with sexualized women being gazed at as things a man might want to acquire.”

Plot holes are numerous and resolution is far off, but the heavy social themes might make the play worth the watch. "The Death of the Moon" may not live to see off-Broadway acclaim, but it certainly lives a narrative that goes far beyond the stage.

Cover Image Credit: TheDeathOfTheMoon / Facebook

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10 Must-See Shots From Down In Coachella Valley

These will make you regret that you weren't there; or make you irritated that you just can't afford tickets

The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is arguably one of the most hyped up music festivals of all time. Certainly festival classics like Woodstock make Coachella look like a mere millennial blowout, but the fashion, music, and art on display over these three weekends in Indio, California is unlike any other. Many say that the beloved annual festival is all about social media status and the killer photos that come with the desert experience, so here are some of my favorite shots from weekend two.

1. @lindsaymariebrewer

2. @graysondolan

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Another year here with you 🎡🎵 @zackkalter #REVOLVEfestival @revolve
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4. @lizakoshy

gotta run to see beyoncé. ill cardi b there.
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5. @jamescharles

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6. @laurenelizabeth

Aaaaand we’re out 🌵 #RevolveFestival @revolve
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7. @bryant

Day 3 at Coachella ✅ Had a blast meeting so many new people this weekend!
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8. @kercardoso

QUE #SquadUnico é esse Brasil? 😱❤️ que orgulho de ter todas vocês com a @unicobr na #UnicoHouseCoachella! sem palavras para a nossa sintonia, profissionalismo e autenticidade, cada uma com sua identidade ⭐️💖⭐️ @brenda @liviabrasilc @agatha @marinaferrarig click @karinecamposs
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Day 1 at Coachella ✅ Gonna be shooting again saturday + sunday- find me! 📸
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10. @claudiasulewski

the guy in the top right corner is a big mood🤸🏻♂️ #revolvefestival wearing @lpa @revolve
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Living vicariously through these festival goers can get us through this Monday, right? I sure hope so.

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Top 5 Favorite Childhood Cartoons

"What's up, Doc?"

Do you remember watching cartoons when you were young? You would wake up on Saturdays and eat your breakfast while watching your favorite toon. I remember quite well because I would wake up super early to catch my favorite cartoon before I went to school or even the weekends. Well, if you remember that feeling of watching the opening of your favorite cartoon(s), then get ready to go down memory lane and feel that feeling again. I am about to list some of my favorite cartoons and maybe you will relate.

1)Tom and Jerry – It is the classic cat and mouse cartoon. Tom, the cat trying to catch and make a meal out of Jerry, the clever mouse. It will never get old and will remain a classic for a long, long time.If you ask anyone what their favorite cartoon was or is, it will most likely be this one.

2)Looney Toons – “What’s up, Doc?” This is the most popular phrase of all time and associated with this series, spoken by Bugs Bunny. Let’s not forget Daffy, Tweety, Tasmanian Devil, Porky Pig, and more. These characters will have you laughing until your stomach hurts. If you are a true fan of cartoons, then you will never forget this. This animated series has even though funny but they did portray some societal issues through their characters in a clever way.

3)Courage the Cowardly Dog – Who can forget the pink dog who is paranoid and lands himself in weird situations on the farm he lives on with his owners, Eustace and Muriel. He is always saving them from freaky creatures on the farm. If you were young and watched this, you were surely scared because the creatures were very freaky looking but you cheered Courage on to save his owners.

4)Arthur – You remember this show because you probably did not have cable. So one of the channels you could access was PBS Kids. This boy dealt with everything a child his age dealt with like: homework, friends, school, and annoying little sisters. This series aired in the morning and afternoon so you know you were skipping doing your homework to watch what Arthur and his friends were up to this episode.

5)The Powerpuff Girls – The trio sisters with super powers, Blossom, Buttercup, and Bubbles who were created by Professor Utonium in a lab. They save Townsville from villains like Mojo Jojo, Him, and Gangreen Gang. Also, you and friends argued over who was Blossom, Buttercup, and Bubbles, Personally, I loved Bubbles!

Well, there you go! These are my top 5 favorite animated series, which make me happy everytime, I watched them. I still do when they air on their respective channels like PBS Kids, Cartoon Network, and Boomerang.

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