The Bomb-Itty Of Errors -Teaches An Old Dog A New TrickThursday, April 17, 2014
Sometime in the afternoon yesterday it occurred to me that Rosemary and I had a date to attend the opening of an Arts Club Theatre production of Jordan Allen-Dutton, Jason Catalano, Gregory J. Qaiyum, Erik Weiner, and Jeffrey Qaiyums’ A Bomb-itty of Errors.
I am a Roman Catholic and I believe not only in the existence of hell but an almost as scary version called Hell on Earth.
Hell on Earth could be being forced to witness a tap dancing convention or driving to Seattle with a young man playing rap, very loud in his car. I would probably open the door somewhere around White Rock and exit pronto.
I do not know when hip-hop became rap or the other way around. In fact I believe rap is bad poetry over bad robotic rhythm machines.
Last night after 10 minutes of The Bomb-itty of Errors and witnessing my Rosemary’s gaze in shock I had to add salt to the wound by whispering into her ear, “There are 80 minutes more of this!”
For those 10 minutes and many more I came to the conclusion that Shakespeare’s English was far easier to understand. I will never complain at a conventional production of King Lear again.
Yes! The Bomb-Itty of Errors is a fairly accurate conversion of Shakespeare’s play, The Comedy of Errors to rap. There are two short Dromios (one from Ephesus, the other from Syracuse), David Kaye and Niko Koupantsis) and two tall Antipholus (Antipholuses or Antipholusi?), Brian Cochrane and Jameson Matthew Parker who also play everybody else (who might be tall). Brian Cochrane also plays the unpoetic/unrapper, but very Kosher Jewish jeweler so well I thought there were more than four actors (at times actresses) in the play.
Somewhere around the 12 minute mark when I might have thrown myself out of that rap car to hell I began to understand the words and I heard myself laughing. At age 71, and my wife not too far behind (who was smiling), we prove that you can indeed teach old dogs new tricks.
This play is hilarious and it has lots of crude (more than ribald) humor featuring allusions to cunnilingus and fellatio plus connections with baseball that are beyond base. Luckily I am well versed in that sport and I know you cannot steal first base.
Best of all Niko Koupantsis who besides playing Adriana’s (Jameson Matthew Parker) sister Luciana (sporting the funniest lisp this side of a few CBC Radio announcers), also plays the meanest, most corrupt, ethically and morally cop (gaoler I the original play) I have ever seen or read about anywhere.
|The Webb twins as the twin Dromios, 1864|
But the real heroes of this play (that I liked with no rhyme or reason) are the quick dressers back stage that keep making one thing that the cast of four is a cast of thousands. The set design by Ian Schimpf, with two sliding doors that open and close throughout the 90-minute, show keep it all flowing impossibly.
While I would recommend this play to all my friends I would still not hop on that car, that hip-hop car to Seattle. On the other hand I just might go along for the ride if Arts Club Managing Director, Bill Millerd would be my companion.
After the show I spotted the Vancouver Sun’s former theatre critic Peter Birnie. He was grinning. Ample proof he is not an old dog yet.