Grove knows how to play to the fantasies of baby boomers who remember when they fit trimly
into their Che T-shirts.
Have you ever noticed in those glossy, fancy holster catalogs all the models are well-starched, nary a hair out of place and the leather they sport fits trimly
, with no bulges, droopy pants or pot bellies getting in the way?
Set against a scenic backdrop, the trimly
presented track, with all the buildings smartly painted in its green-and-white livery and the hedge- sculpted horse and rider in the mounded parade ring, has a real sense of identity.
Thomas Nashe goes so far as to charge Puritan Martin with androgyny, in a sentence that mocks the Maid Marian of Puritan legend: in Martin's "May-game," "Martin himselfe is the Maydmarian, trimly
drest uppe in a cast Gowne, and a kercher of Dame Lawsons, his face handsomlie muffled with a Diaper-napkin to cover his beard.
Victor/Victoria's use of sexual ambiguity as a metaphor for emotional ambivalence is carried through in Rob Marshall's inventive choreography, which eschews stereotypical drag-show flamboyance in favor of gender-bending mystery - in a hilarious tango sequence that has Victoria partnering Norma with Valentino-like panache; in a stylized apache ballet featuring sinewy, sexually indeterminate bodies stalking and slithering around a dimly lit cabaret: and in the glitzy finale, which features men and women in trimly
tailored gold-and-white tailcoats and high heels, playfully trading dandified bows and dainty curtsies back and forth as they belt out the brassy title tune: "She spreads confusion/Her illusion is serene/Behind the screen/Is he a king or is she a queen?
On the main floor the tedium is relieved in three ways: in the buildup of single pallets, where workers arrange many small packages trimly
in eight-by-ten-foot-square loads, at heights to fit either the upper or lower deck of a particular aircraft, and with one top edge rounded slightly to conform to the curve of the plane's sidewall; by the loading of oddly shaped or remarkable objects--a matched set of four dark blue Porsche 911s, a prefabricated California ranch-style home; and by the sheer variety of goods--bins of chilled horse meat, Persian carpets, diplomatic mail bound in sisal twine and sealed with red wax, bear testicles, museum art exhibitions, cases of explosives.
As to the woman herself, a prototypical citizen of Outerbridgian physical culture: trimly
zaftig, naturally statuesque.
Shakespeare causes Hotspur to pour scorn on the appearanc and costume of the coxcomb, a character who is "neat and trimly
dressed" (33), shaved, perfumed, "fresh as a bridegroom" (34), "perfumed like a milliner" (36) Moreover, Hotspur says,