I played for many touring seasons with the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players and am particularly familiar with the skewering that G&S ladled onto everyone and everything; no exceptions. “Pirates” leaves no stone unhurled as it makes pretty much everyone look rather dim-mish, although all are kind-hearted in the end. That is what made playing G&S so much fun; that and Albert Bergeret was a wonderful director and musician and his touring productions, as well as his productions in New York were first-rate.
The Keystone Kops fare little better; they can't even sit in a chair without a major catastrophe occurring. One of their other wonderful comedic tools in their bag of tricks was “the chase” which usually involved packs of them running after some miscreant. This occurred on streets, on top of trains and involved many near-misses (mostly) with stationary objects. This device would be used decades later for years, by Benny Hill and his crew. It is physical comedy (and singing, in the case of G&S) at it's finest!
BOOK RELEASE ANNOUNCEMENT AND RAFFLE-COPTER!!!
From now until April 18th, I will be show-casing Aldrea Alien's newest release, Golden Dawn. This will include an raffle-copter (be sure and enter!) and well. . . I'll let her take it from here!
Family and blood.