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Joking Apart

A: Alan Ayckbourn Pf: 1978, Scarborough Pb: 1979 G: Com. in ...

Joking Apart

Joking Apart (1978)   Quick reference

The Oxford Dictionary of Plays (2 ed.)

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... Apart Author: Alan Ayckbourn Date/place of 1st performance: 1978 , Scarborough Date of 1st publication: 1979 Genre: Com. in 2 acts Setting/time of action: English garden, 1966–78 Cast: 4m, 7f (4 roles to be played by same actress) Richard Clarke and Anthea , a divorcee with two children, are a charming and successful couple in their twenties. They have invited people to their bonfire party: their new neighbours, Revd Hugh and Louise Emerson, their old friend Brian with his latest girlfriend Melody, and Sven and Olive Holmenson. Sven,...

Ayckbourn, Alan

Ayckbourn, Alan (12 April 1939)   Reference library

The Continuum Companion to Twentieth Century Theatre

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2010
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...for children, and has collaborated on a number of revues and musicals, including Jeeves ( 1975 ) with Andrew Lloyd Webber . Other plays include Relatively Speaking (originally Meet My Father , 1965 ), Time and Time Again ( 1971 ), Absurd Person Singular ( 1972 ), Joking Apart ( 1978 ), Sisterly Feelings ( 1979 ), Henceforward … ( 1987 ), Man of the Moment ( 1988 ), The Revengers' Comedies (a two-part play, 1989 ), Wildest Dreams ( 1991 ), Communicating Doors ( 1994 ), the linked plays House and Garden (both 1999 ), and Whenever ...

sport and the theatre

sport and the theatre   Reference library

The Continuum Companion to Twentieth Century Theatre

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2010
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...Louise Page 's Golden Girls , 1984 ); basketball ( Jason Miller 's That Championship Season , 1972 ); baseball (the 1955 musical Damn Yankees ; John Ford Noonan 's The Year Boston Won the Pennant , 1969 ; August Wilson 's Fences , 1983 ); and tennis (Ayckbourn's Joking Apart , 1978 ). Charles...

Platée

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The Grove Book of Operas (2 ed.)

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2008
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...by another storm symphony, during which Aquilons (North Winds) force the nymphs back into their swamp. A ct 2 The same Mercury explains to Cithaeron that he has hoodwinked Juno into going to Athens in the hope of surprising Jupiter and his new love. ‘Look, there she goes’, he jokes, pointing to a passing cloud. He and the king wait for Jupiter to arrive, and hide as his cloud descends. Plataea cautiously approaches the cloud (‘A l'aspect de ce nuage’). She is amazed when the god manifests himself first as a donkey (its braying, which Plataea mistakes for...

Gioconda, La

Gioconda, La   Quick reference

The Grove Book of Operas (2 ed.)

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2008
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...all fall on their knees in prayer, among them Gioconda, heartbroken at Enzo's betrayal, and La Cieca, who tries vainly to comfort her. Act 2 ‘The Rosary’ A brigantine It is night. Sailors and midshipmen are making ready to sail. Barnaba arrives in the guise of a fisherman and jokes with the crew, who echo the refrain of his barcarolle (‘Pescator, affonda l'esca’). He orders Isèpo to prepare an assault on the brigantine and leaves to fetch Laura. As he waits for her, Enzo apostrophizes the nocturnal scene in the aria ‘Cielo e mar’, one of the gems of the...

Morocco

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The International Encyclopedia of Dance

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2005
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...dancing, the shikhat accompany the solo dancer of the moment on the bendir , the tarija , the sanuj (finger cymbals) and the guimbri . Whether dancing or playing, they are at ease and even careless of the presence of an audience, adjusting their clothing or sharing private jokes. Sub-Saharan Morocco Some of the blacks in Morocco have acculturated to the Berber and Arab communities in which they have settled, while others retain their sub-Saharan customs. An example of the former is found in Tissint, where the black inhabitants perform a duet in which the...

Ashton, Frederick

Ashton, Frederick (17 September 1904)   Reference library

The International Encyclopedia of Dance

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2005
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...Lord Berners and Cecil Beaton. The result nearly repeated the disaster of Cupid and Psyche , and for similar reasons: they tried too hard to be funny and in the process gave rise to the suspicion that they were out of touch with contemporary life. The time for little jokes about Edwardian high life had passed. Ashton soon hit his stride again. De Valois had established a second company, the Sadler's Wells Theatre Ballet, for which Ashton choreographed in 1947 a new ballet set to Ravel's Valses Nobles et Sentimentales , using a decor similar to...

Mexico

Mexico   Reference library

The International Encyclopedia of Dance

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2005
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... (“monarch”) or rey (“king”). Others take their names from historical figures, such as Montezuma or Malinche, or from religious figures, such as Santiago or Mahoma (Muḥammad). At almost all dances there are individuals whose function is to circle around the dancers and tell jokes to entertain the audience; they also maintain space between dancers and spectators. These persons are called gracejos (“buffoons”), chistosos (“jokesters”), corraleros (“managers”), or viejos (“elders”). Most costumes show a marked Spanish influence in their...

United States of America

United States of America   Reference library

The International Encyclopedia of Dance

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2005
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...jook-house tradition also went north and cross-fertilized the dances developing among northern urban blacks. Among the characteristics of African-American social dance are competition, dancing apart (couples do not touch), improvisation, call and response, mimicry, and derision. These elements can be observed in the competitive high kicking of the cakewalk, the apart dancing of the Black Bottom and the Charleston, and the improvisational Lindy Hop breakaway. The Susie Q, Truckin’, the Shorty-George, and the Slop are all dances that have been used in a...

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

A Midsummer Night’s Dream   Reference library

Michael Dobson and Anthony Davies

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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2015
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...must include the moonshine by which the lovers meet and the wall through whose cranny they speak. As they rehearse, Robin arrives, and mischievously transforms Bottom’s head into that of an ass. Bottom cannot understand why his colleagues flee, assuming they are playing a joke, and sings to keep up his courage. Titania awakens, sees Bottom, and falls in love with him: she appoints four fairies to be his attendants and leads him away to her bower. 3.2 Robin tells a delighted Oberon of Titania’s love for the transformed Bottom, but when Hermia arrives,...

The Comedy of Errors

The Comedy of Errors   Reference library

Michael Dobson, Will Sharpe, and Anthony Davies

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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2015
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...have arrived in Ephesus: Antipholus sends his servant to their lodging to lock up his money. Shortly afterwards Dromio of Ephesus arrives and, mistaking this Antipholus for his own master, calls him home to dinner. Antipholus of Syracuse, thinking this is his own Dromio having a joke, grows angry, asking anxiously after his money, and drives Dromio away with blows before setting off to check on his belongings. 2.1 Adriana laments the continuing absence of her husband Antipholus of Ephesus to her unmarried sister Luciana, and after Dromio of Ephesus brings the...

Ayckbourn, Alan

Ayckbourn, Alan (1939)   Reference library

The Concise Oxford Companion to the Theatre (2 ed.)

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2003
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Performing arts, Theatre
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...was not a success, but in the same year Absent Friends had a long run. In Bedroom Farce ( National Theatre , 1977 ; NY, 1979 ), the action passes between the bedrooms of three married couples, which form a multiple setting . Just between Ourselves (also 1977 ) and Joking Apart ( 1979 ) were more serious and had comparatively short runs. In Sisterly Feelings (NT, 1980 ) the middle two of the four scenes have alternative versions. Taking Steps and Season's Greetings , about a family reunion at Christmas, were also seen in London in 1980 ....

Globe Theatre

Globe Theatre   Reference library

The Concise Oxford Companion to the Theatre (2 ed.)

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2003
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...a Girl in my Soup began a long run. The theatre also staged the work of Peter Nichols ( Chez nous , 1974 , and Born in the Gardens , 1980 ); Michael Frayn ( Donkeys' Years , 1976 ); and Alan Ayckbourn ( The Norman Conquests , 1974 , Ten Times Table , 1978 , and Joking Apart , 1979 ). Glenda Jackson and Joan Plowright starred there in García Lorca 's The House of Bernarda Alba , and Maggie Smith in Peter Shaffer 's Lettice and Lovage (both 1987...

Tolu Bommalata

Tolu Bommalata (Telugu, ‘leather-puppet dance’)   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to Indian Theatre

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2011
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...The main attraction is three types of comedians who appear in all texts. The first is the husband and wife, Juttupoligadu and Bangarakka (‘golden girl’), who always quarrel. Irrespective of the play, the show starts with this couple who also interrupt many times with typical jokes, sometimes connected to the story but mostly on topical issues. The second type of comedian is called Allatappa (‘not an easy man’), whose wit proves superior to the first pair's. He always provokes the wife against her husband to ignite the quarrel further. The third is known as...

Vogel, Paula

Vogel, Paula (1951– )   Reference library

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance

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2005
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...), about a young girl's sexually charged driving lessons with her uncle, evokes erotic confusion and healing rather than victimhood. The Baltimore Waltz ( 1992 ), inspired by her brother's death, likewise stands apart from other AIDS plays through its allegory about ‘Acquired Toilet Disease’, including, as Frank Rich described it, ‘erotic jokes, movie kitsch and medical nightmare’. As head of the playwriting programme at Brown University from 1984 to 1999 , Vogel used innovative exercises for her students, including writing complete plays in 48 hours...

Events while Guarding the Bofors Gun

Events while Guarding the Bofors Gun (1966)   Quick reference

The Oxford Dictionary of Plays (2 ed.)

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...tough older gunners during his National Service. Their task is to guard an obsolete Bofors gun. Amongst the men, there are two particularly hard cases: Featherstone, ‘a rough Cockney…and a large poxy man’, and O'Rourke, ‘an Irish bandit with a terrifying death-wish’. While the men joke obscenely and aggressively, Evans announces that he is returning home the next day for an Officer Selection Board. Rather weakly, Evans allows Featherstone and O'Rourke to go to the Navy, Army, and Air Force Institutes (NAAFI) for cigarettes shortly before they are to do their...

Aladdin

Aladdin   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to the American Musical

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2009
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...played by Will B. Able ) to help him win the Princess Mei Ling (Victoria Mallory). The tuneful score was by Jim Eiler and Jeanne Bargy , and the teleplay was written by Paul Zindel , author of teen novels and a few Broadway plays. Unlike the 1958 version with its sly jokes about society, this Aladdin is strictly for kids with little in it for adults. The young Mallory, who would later be featured on Broadway in Follies ( 1971 ) and A Little Night Music ( 1973 ), is the highlight of the...

America Hurrah

America Hurrah (1965)   Quick reference

The Oxford Dictionary of Plays (2 ed.)

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...the control console itself will be taken over by television characters, so that the distinction between what is on television and what is occurring in the viewing room will be lost completely .’ As President Johnson speaks of fighting a war to maintain peace, Susan responds to a joke with a laughing fit, which stops only when Hal slaps her. While they celebrate Hal's birthday, more programmes and commercials are shown, including interviews with a rock band, an Evangelical preacher, and a decorated soldier from Vietnam who has left the army on conscientious...

Astaire, Fred

Astaire, Fred (1899–1987)   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to the American Musical

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... ( 1987 ); Starring Fred Astaire , Stanley Green ( 1977 ); The Fred Astaire–Ginger Rogers Book , Arlene Croce ( 1972 ). Fred Astaire . By usual Hollywood standards, Astaire should not have been a movie star. Yet when he was dancing, singing, joking, and charming his way on the screen, all the rules fell apart. In Funny Face (1957) he tries to convince Audrey Hepburn that she has the makings of a model, as if we had any doubts about that....

fairies

fairies   Reference library

Diane Purkiss

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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...and not a familiar) but there are many other references, most memorably the Queen Mab speech in Romeo and Juliet , which exerted an enormous influence over other, later, literary fairies. All Shakespeare’s fairies are associated with jokes, tricks, and disguise; all are linked with the countryside and country life. Apart from a reference to the fairy as a fate ( Antony and Cleopatra 4.8.12), which recalls Holinshed ’s use of the term fate for the Weird Sisters, most brief references see fairies as one amongst many vague menaces of the night, with a few...

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