Think about the concept though...
This guy has swindled hundreds if not thousands of people out of there money (which lead
to the punishment of other honest salesmen) and then he hops into River City makes a few
things nice, but then when they realize he is a criminal and that he has been tricking
them the entire time they first want to tar and feather him, but then he gives a little
dance, a sheepish smile, a wink, and what I assume is an apology and he is suddenly a
hero. There is so many things wrong with that. Justice fails and no matter how much you
lie and cheat you can always get out of it if you're a smooth enough talker.
Then it goes further by demonizing the antagonists Charlie and Shin who are not the
greatest guys in the world, but are honest. Charlie is obviously angry at Hill because he
was tarred and feathered, lost most of his business, probably lost his job so its only
natural that he would loath Hill. Then there is Shin who only wishes to protect his
daughter (even if it may be controlling towards her and his wife) and keep his Billiard
Parlor business alive. Shin may be an asshole who desperately needs a thesaurus, but he is
still an honest person.
Then there is the whole issue with Marian. Probably one of the biggest problems. Since
Winthrop lost his father figure he easily projects that figure onto Hill since he took an
interest into him (to take his families money), so Marian clings to him like a helpless
dog trying to excuse all of his faults even though Winthrop is only letting himself down
for greater disappointment. She keeps covering for him like she is an abused wife trying
to make excuses for her drunkard of a husband who can be romantic on occasion and isn't a
bad lay. All in all she is a very weak female character who could be considered very
sexist is that "male superiority okay" sort of way. Then there is the whole idea that no
one in the town listens to her intellectual ideas because she doesn't have a man (as so
blatantly stated), but as soon as she becomes attached to Hill she is loved by even the
Pickalittle Ladies. The idea that Marian needs a man to be heard is so sexist it almost
skull fucks the mind at how they can pass this shit off as okay. Its like saying a triple
cunted hooker is empowering to women because she can satisfy three times as many men (Oh
dear God I have been watching to much of Yahtzee and his Zero Punctuation!).
I have been over analyzing the crap out of this play since I have been rehearsing it for
the past two months.