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Re: “Shakespeare gets the Monty Python treatment from Theatre in the Park

The reviewer didn’t particularly care for the play.
I didn’t particularly care for his review.

He stated his opinion publicly.
So did I.

The quality of what we say and how we say it is subjective at best.
You ask "was it really necessary to be so rude?"
I ask you the same question.

You are assuming the reviewer is being fair.
I am assuming you haven’t seen the play.

Thankfully, all of us are still entitled to our opinions.

Posted by idw on 04/07/2011 at 8:59 AM

Re: “Shakespeare gets the Monty Python treatment from Theatre in the Park

Zack -
this may help:


"In theatre, a farce is a comedy which aims to entertain the audience by means of unlikely, extravagant, and improbable situations, disguise and mistaken identity, verbal humour of varying degrees of sophistication, which may include sexual innuendo and word play, and a fast-paced plot whose speed usually increases, culminating in an ending which often involves an elaborate chase scene. Farce is also characterized by physical humor, the use of deliberate absurdity or nonsense, and broadly stylized performances. Farces have been written for the stage and film.

Many farces move at a frantic pace toward the climax, in which the initial problem is resolved one way or another, often through a deus ex machina twist of the plot. Generally, there is a happy ending. The convention of poetic justice is not always observed.

Farce in general is highly tolerant of transgressive behaviour, and tends to depict human beings as vain, irrational, venal, infantile, neurotic and prone to automatic behaviour. In that respect, farce is a natural companion of satire. Farce is, in fact, not merely a genre but a highly flexible dramatic mode that often occurs in combination with other forms, including romantic comedy. Farce is considered a theatre tradition.

As far as ridiculous, far-fetched situations, quick and witty repartee, and broad physical humor are concerned, farce is widely employed in TV sitcoms, in silent film comedy, and in screwball comedy."

DEVON DOES DENMARK was advertised as "a farce in the style of Monty Python."

In view of the above, I'd say the show hit the bull's eye.

I have no idea what you were expecting ... or more to the point ... why you seemed to be expecting something other than what we advertised. But then again ... as you said ... "no one expects the Spanish Inquisition!"

PS - Your "poot cushion" and clown nose will be arriving by separate mail.

Posted by idw on 04/06/2011 at 6:01 PM

Re: “Evan Rachel Wood commands the stage in Romeo & Juliet

"The mercurial history of the Wood family including the strained relationship between Evan and her locally renowned father, Ira David Wood III is well-documented."

Documented, yes. Well documented? I beg to differ. The relationship between my daughter and me has been "strained" by one thing only - the miles between us.

Evan has been on the West Coast and I have been on the East Coast. Other than that, we have always shared a true, loving, and lasting father/daughter relationship.

I realize such a revelation doesn't sell as many newspapers or inspire as many tabloid stories ... but it happens to be the truth.

Those of us in the cast of ROMEO & JULIET are honored and extremely grateful that Ira IV and Evan came up with the idea to mount this production as a fundraiser. It was a joyous homecoming - and a memory I will treasure for years to come.

I'm also extremely proud of ALL those individuals who made up the cast and crew ... and who gave of their time, talent and energy so generously.

I remain forever grateful, too, to the theatre-goers who continue to support Theatre In The Park's artistic efforts.

My family remains extremely grateful to call Raleigh - "home."

Posted by idw on 05/18/2009 at 6:35 PM

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