Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing. CTE photo. Tomson Highway. Tragi- comedy drama in two acts by Tomson Highway, first produced in. Nominee, Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing tells another story of the mythical Wasaychigan Hill Indian. This article reconsiders the place of hockey within Tomson Highway’s play Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing, ultimately arguing that the re-evaluative.

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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. It is a fast-paced story of tragedy, comedy, and hope. Paperbackpages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Lists with This Book. Oct 22, Brad rated it liked it Shelves: This is not an easy play. It is not an kpauskasing. It is a challenge.

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And damn if it isn’t important. But prepare to be exhausted when you’re through. This was assigned reading for a Sports Literature class; that being said I found it to be a very interesting and authentic read.

It was certainly disturbing at times, and very sad, but also very real. Mar 06, Irma Mayorga rated it it was amazing Shelves: Nanabush dancing with a bustle. Aug 12, A rated it kappuskasing was amazing. Read on the advise of a CBC personality see ads do work I loved the use of soundscapes and the ending.

I was challenged by some of the characterizations. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The characters within are brutally uncouth not only to each other but to the presumed audience as well.

Written with little room for creative expression on the part kappuskasing the director, “Dry Oughga is set up as a play with strict ideas about what should be accomplished on stage and in production. Included within this play are llps topics which are brushed upon to lipe readers and audiences alike, without ever giving up a gratify “Dry Lips Oughta Move to Tl was an alienating read for me.

Included within this play are various topics which are brushed upon to tease readers and audiences alike, without ever giving up a gratifying or even satisfactory resolution. Drinking while pregnant resulting in F. Rather than giving an impression of shock, horror, or even discord, these events are moved on from fairly quickly, then remain essentially unaddressed for the remainder of the play.

I will take a moment here to point out that I’m relatively unfamiliar with the realm of theatre as a whole, though I’m quite well-read and can profess to be generally knowledgeable about all other things literature.

That being said, I’m going to address the literary tropes within “Dry Lips”. Kapuuskasing Bechdel, frankly, would kpuskasing shocked at this play. Containing absolutely no female characters besides those who are raped, drunk and simultaneously pregnantor a sex-partner for one of the many male characters.


The male characters are almost exclusively self-obsessed, even those who claim falsely to be progressing towards the goals of their wives. Several passages in “Dry Lips” are written in Ery, Ojibway or both and as a result serve to distance readers unfamiliar with the Kapuskaslng American languages from the text. Though the written version contains translations in-line, a stage production would necessarily be required to leave mmove or the other out. Generally, I did not enjoy reading this brutish play and would probably not recommend it to anyone except in rare or specific cases.

Mar 08, Kimberly rated it it was ok Shelves: The story is dream-like, chaotic and without order. I picked up on the symbolism but to be honest most of the time I have no idea what the heck is going on.

There is too much going on, in fact. I kept wishing for some coherence. I couldn’t follow the characters really well, either. It was just entirely confusing for me. And as it turned out, the entire play HAS been a dream. I think I’m done with Highway. Aug 16, Smilingplatypus rated it liked it Shelves: I didn’t enjoy it — it is extremely disturbing and depressing at points — but it is authentic and well-written.

The play raises a lot of issues about reservation life and the situation of many First Nations communities in Canada, which is an important goal even if it doesn’t make for comfortable theatre. I will also point out that I read the script and haven’t seen it live, which ro probably for the best given the aforementioned disturbing bi “Liked” is not really the right word for this play. I will also point llps that I read the script and haven’t seen it live, which is probably for the best given the aforementioned disturbing bits Sep 08, Jesse rated it it was oughts Shelves: I really enjoyed the Rez Sisters when I read it years ago and expected I would like this just as much.

However, its avalanche of characters, scenes, gimmicks, and themes was too overwhelming–especially because I didn’t find it easy to distinguish between the characters and their motivations, to say nothing of the constant fadings in and out of tiny symbolic scenes dealing with issues that I ougyta needed more time and gravitas.

Nov 02, J. So reading Dry Lips was a pleasure to see some of the male characters, who had been kapkskasing throughout the earlier play. I think Highway is an exceptional playwright. This play was really well-written with humour and some profound insights into people and power dynamics woven throughout, and heart-wrenchingly honest. Movf to have read oughra and really hope to see it performed one day. May 24, Mina rated it really liked it Shelves: Highway’s play is rich with meaning, but not the kind that can be boiled down to a few sentences.

His deft portrayal of a First Nations community is at turns hilarious, searing, and unbearably tragic. The brutal violence of the play’s most explicit incident had me reeling numbly for a while – but then I saw that there is moove subtle brutality to be found throughout the play.


There is also hope, and an incredible sense of time and place and making what can be made of both. An engaging, flowing re Highway’s play is rich with meaning, but not kapuskasihg kind that can be boiled down to a few sentences.

An engaging, flowing read, but not in any other sense an easy one. Jan 30, Taylor rated it did not like it Shelves: I hate that Tomson Highway seems to think that girls farting while looking coy is something that should be utilized more than kqpuskasing.

I hate that half the time the only female roles are to wear absolutely nothing. Gah I just dunno where to start to be honest. It had its “moments” to put it nicely. Makes me worried if this is the full extent of Canadian plays.

Not that its terribly horrible. Just too much with regards yo several things: Plus I think it had too much going on at once that it killed it for me at least. I just dunno anymore. I skimmed the last bit. But from the first couple bits of dialogue I was going oooh boy, here we go again on another mindfudge trip.

Nov 20, Kristal rated it liked it Shelves: Interesting mix of characters and symbolism, but I hated its treatment of Christianity. I know there is a large Christian population in First Nations communities and yet the only Christian in this play Spooky is an end-times lunatic. I didn’t understand what was going on in certain scenes. Mar 25, Julian Simpson rated it really liked it. When I first read it I thought it was dark and scary, but the second time it was sincere and tragic. It’s a must read if one is interested in Canadian Playwrights and Lit.

The is violence and rape. Jun 09, Meghan Moloney rated it liked it Shelves: Ljps Highway is an important playwright. These stories were difficult for me to read, both because of the harsh depiction of life on first nations reservations and because of the dialogue format of play scripts. But it’s one of the least-romanticized views of modern aboriginal life in Canada. Jan 10, Brad rated it it was ok.

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Weird mixture of comedy and disturbing realism. Vry read it to try to pick a short Canadian play for my intro English course this summer. While it provides a lot to talk about, I don’t think I’ll be going with it. Mar 09, Jeffrey rated it it was amazing.

Aug 02, Rick rated it liked it Shelves: