“I dearly love a laugh... Follies and nonsense, whims and inconsistencies do divert me, I own, and I laugh at them whenever I can.”
Jane Austen’s iconic character, Ms. Elizabeth Bennet, whispered one of my favorite quotes of all time in the famed novel Pride & Prejudice.
Although her words seem relatively simple, they are in fact quite philosophical. In essence, Jane (we are on a first name basis) was reminding her 18th century readers that laughter is the best medicine.
From the witty sketches of Monty Python to A Fish Called Wanda, British Comedy has always made me laugh out loud. One of my favorite family traditions is to curl up on the couch next to my two brothers to re-watch John Cleese’s tense, rude, yet hysterical character, Basil Fawlty, on the hit British comedy Fawlty Towers. Through watching these Iconic roles, I have developed a taste for the loveable antics of bad-tempered, prickly, yet always humorous comedic characters, which brings me to Moses.
Moses is an irritable and sometimes unreasonable puppet who lives on a table and just so happens to be having an existential crisis. The Table is one of the performances in this year’s fantastic lineup that will allow me to laugh by bringing to life a world of mischief and whimsy. He and the Blind Summit Theater will arrive in Sarasota this October. The show is performed in the Bunraku style of puppetry, which is actually a form of traditional Japanese puppet theater, and has three puppeteers who are visible to the audience.
Blind Summit’s extraordinary puppeteers bring Moses to life through wit, humor, and just a bit of improvisation. While immersed in the show, the audience immediately forgets they are actually watching a puppet with a head made out of cardboard and a body created with wood and fabric. It is a truly innovate performance that allows its spectators to take a glimpse into the fascinating world of puppetry in a whole new way. Their inspirational work tackles modern and contemporary issues while attempting to reinvent the theater of our time.
Moses will stop in Spain, Poland, Germany, and Austria this year before landing in sunny Florida for his performance at The Ringling this October.