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Queer Table Reads: Legally Blonde

The Reese Witherspoon-starring 2001 film gets an all-queer, all-comedic read-through.
By Sarah Ward
October 21, 2021
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By Sarah Ward
October 21, 2021
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When Elle Woods ditched her fashion merchandising studies for a stint at Harvard Law School, one of the big comedy box office hits of the 2000s was born. Legally Blonde spawned a sequel as well as a musical, and a third film in the franchise is actually set to reach cinemas in 2022; however, in exciting news for Sydneysiders this October, the Reese Witherspoon-starring flick is getting the Queer Table Reads treatment.

The concept is right there in the name: at Queer Table Reads, an all-queer cast of local comedians read through the scripts of beloved movies, bringing it to life in front of your eyes with their vocal performances. Heteronormative films that the LGBTQIA+ community adore aren't just thrown some extra love here — they're adapted from a queer perspective.

At 7.30pm on Saturday, October 30, it's Legally Blonde's turn, with producer and host Jenna Suffern overseeing a cast that spans Gemma Bird Matheson, Nina Oyama, Vic Zerbst, Tommy Misa, Brendan Hancock, Natali Caro, Maeve Marsden, Rowdie Walden and Mây Trần.

Head along to Darlinghurst Theatre Company to see the results — and dressing up like it's still 2001 is highly encouraged. Wearing pink would suit the occasion, clearly, but there's plenty of other 00s fashion trends to revive. While you're doing just that, there'll also be a So Fresh soundtrack and 00s-themed cocktails, too.

Top image: Robert Catto.

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