Erin McGraw is the author of seven books of fiction, most recently Joy and 52 Other Very Short Stories. Her work has appeared in the Atlantic, STORY, Tin House, and many other magazines and journals. She lives in Tennessee with her husband, the poet Andrew Hudgins.
A short story from the Fall 2019 issue
Hello, Dolly! is awful, and Patrick knows it. The sets and costumes are all Crayola colors and the music is mercilessly perky and nobody can say a word without shouting and clicking their heels. It’s the kind of feel-good musical that makes you want to slit your wrists. Nobody wants to do Medea again, but there are plenty of audience favorites out there better than Hello, Dolly!