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Devin Fei-Fan Tau: Who’s On Top?

Stage & Studio: A new documentary by a gay Taiwanese-American filmmaker follows four LGBTQ+ climbers to the summit of Mt. Hood

Devin Fei-Fan Tau and George Takei

For her second episode during Asian American/Pacific Islander month, Dmae Roberts delves into the layers of filmmaking and identity with filmmaker Devin Fei-Fan Tau. He’s reached a milestone in his career with his first feature documentary Who’s On Top? 

The documentary features four diverse LGBTQ+ climbers going to the summit of Mount Hood. Only one is an experienced climber. The film follows the four, as well as Tau and his film crew, while they train together and make the arduous climb. As a bonus, the film is narrated by veteran actor and narrator George Takei.

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A neoclassical stage? Or a theater off-kilter?

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Shakespeare’s Hamlet is an artistic failure.

What?

Yeah. This is what T.S. Eliot says in his infamous essay “Hamlet and His Problems,” claiming that Coriolanus is instead Shakespeare’s most artistically solid piece of theater.

This perhaps says more about T.S. Eliot’s neoclassical leanings, his love of Roman “revenge tragedies,” than it does about the actual esthetics of theater.

Hamlet: a too, too solid self-obsession? Edwin Booth in the title role, ca. 1870. Photo: J. Gurney & Son, N.Y. /Wikimedia Commons

But maybe we should give his theory a test-drive first, before dismissing it outright.

Maybe it is actually a mirror we’d prefer to not look too deeply into . . .

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