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Canterbury Tales

a Comedy
CATEGORY : COMEDY PUPPET
by Geoffrey Chaucer

COMPANY : The New American Shakespeare Tavern [WEBSITE]
VENUE : The New American Shakespeare Tavern [WEBSITE]
ID# 3618

SHOWING : January 01, 2010 - January 31, 2010

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

Join us for another medieval romp through boisterous and bawdy olde England. Drawing on the Celtic British influences of Geoffrey Chaucer's writing, this hilarious (almost Monty Python-esque) adaptation reintroduces the tales in forms ranging from romantic comedy to spaghetti Western! We've got two new tales to entice you! Did we mention the bawdy part? (Not suitable for children)


CAST & CREW LIST
Director/Adaptor John Stephens
Cast Laura Cole
Cast Nicholas Faircloth
Cast Matt Felten
Cast Rivka Levin
Cast Mike Niedzwiecki
Cast Drew Reeves
Cast Mary Russell
Cast Amee Vyas
Cast Maureen Yasko
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REVIEWS

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Bawdy and Soul (Redux)
by Dedalus
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
4.0
When New Yearís revels lose their touch,
And wintersí frigid fingers clutch,
Then long we all to trek downtown,
To see a play of some renown.

Instead of some old Bardic chestnut
We get instead this older spicenut --
Itís Geoffrey Chaucerís classic tales,
Of ribald women, rutting males.

All finely told with bawdy wit,
Not too afraid to wallow in {sewage}.
We see the Pardoner and the Nun,
We see the Reeve and Miller pun.

A lot of modern sharp allusions
Gild these old lower class delusions.
And all the Tavernsí favorite folks
Spout doggerel verse while we drink cokes. *

This year the Act Two Merchantís wail
Has given way to Nunís Priest Tale.
The Franklin is now in the crew
(What is a Franklin? I have no clue.)

The two new stories add a lot
So we donít see the self-same plot
Of love betrayed and punished well
And faithless sinners given hell.

The Nun tells us of Chanticleer
A rooster strutting without fear
Until dread dream of fox and doom
Sends him into a lasting gloom.

He cleverly outwits the fox
And is the envy of all cocks.
The Franklin (with too much ado)
Tells of a love both deep and true.

The cast from last year is all back
Their efforts keep the show on track.
The men are wild, the women wilder
They give us moments, crass and milder.

I loved Ms. Russellís Yankee honey,
Her hacking crone is gross and funny.
She even plays an infant child
With coos and handguns going wild.

And Laura Cole, all smoky smirks,
The Wife of Bath bestows with quirks.
Matt Feltonís Pardoner in weasley guise
Here tells his story all irony-wise.

Mike Niedzwieckiís Millerís a Hoot,
As is Ms. Vyasí Nun, to boot.
I liked as well Drew Reevesís Reeve,
With Rivkaís Hostess, I have no Peeve.

To be complete, I have to say
That Nicholas Faircloth adds to the play
By playing the Merchant, Rube Alain,
And randy Nicholas, the Swain.

Like last year, one too many tales
Almost propel us off the rails.
The Nun could use a little tuning
Her roosterís story needs some pruning.

But better pace and wider range
Account for this yearís welcome change.
I even liked the doggerel verse
It was both elegant and terse.

So, once again, I laughed a lot.
The stories have ironic plot.
The story of the Reeve is put
Into the West, clichťs afoot!

The puppetry is oft inspired
With silliness, itís never tired.
(And any show with burning probes
Cannot but help to please my lobes.) *

So hie thee all, itís best you hurry
And see these Tales of Canterbury!

-- Brad Rudy (BKRudy@aol.com)

(*) You want doggerel? Iíve got doggerel! Arf!



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