The Mission’s unofficial entertainment critic, 40 Going on 28′s TK, brings us this most excellent review of Wicked, now playing at the Orpheum:
More interesting to me is the fact that “Wicked” is clearly a Mission vs. Marina allegory. Now, if you’re not familiar, the plot essentially concerns the backstory of the witches in “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.” On the one hand, we have Elphaba, our Mission girl, who will grow up (to be labeled by the patriarchy) as the Wicked Witch of the West. She has body art (i.e., she’s green) and doesn’t get along with her parents. At school, she develops an interest in animal rights and doesn’t hang out much with the cool crowd. This should remind you of someone you know by this point.
Glinda is pretty much the prototypical Marina girl. She’s blonde and rich and not that smart. She makes fun of Elphaba and doesn’t think anything of her right up until the time she suddenly discovers that the stuff Elphaba likes (in the musical, magic; in the real world, LCD Soundsystem and ecstasy) is actually really cool.
Read more mindblowing interpretation at 40 Going on 28.