Im in Seattle for a few days, partly to do this (in case any Seattle NLT readers would like to turn up), and the local alternative paper, Seattle Weekly, has a review of an opera based on Ted Kennedys infamous Chappaquiddick mishap called Black Water.
An opera. About Chappaquiddick.
It is based on a book the same title by Joyce Carol Oates--somehow this book missed my reading list when it came out--and this operatic adaptation was first performed in Philadelphia almost a decade ago, proviong that the Left Coast doesnt have a monopoly on loopiness. The review says little about Kennedys snakelike morals, and is instead portrayed as "a pointed skewering of the very class thats traditionally supported opera." Yeah--thats what we all think of when Chappaquiddick comes up.
You can read the entire strange review here, if you want. Up next: An operatic adaption of the murder saga of Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel?