Sunday, June 19, 2016

A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder

Hilarious. Billed as a "low show in a pretty box" by its own writers, A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder was twisted fun.

The hero advances through levels of society and is richly rewarded for carrying out his simple strategy: eliminate all the D'Ysquith who stand between him and the castle. The audience is on his side because he has grown up in poverty and deprived from his rightful heritage by the same arrogant Earls and pompous ladies who are uncerimoniously disposed.

The same actor (John Rapson) played eight roles as members of the  D'Ysquith Family who are conveniently eliminated. My favourite was the cartoon-pitch portrayal of bodybuilder Major Lord Bartholomew D'Ysquith, who takes teeny steps and hops about in shorts that are far too tight. None of the targets are likeable. From appallingly bad actors to staunch eugenicists, they seem to deserve their fates. 

1 comment:

Kurt said...

I saw it on Broadway. It was a great time.