McGee, Maskrafters, Molière, Comedy: Come See, Laugh in Spite of Yourself!By BETSY SMITH
Way back in the day—during the 14th-16th centuries to be precise— drama did not beam into town via satellite; it rolled in via a procession of pageant wagons. Not the short twoact affairs to which modern theatregoers have grown accustomed, these cyclical plays contained a series of scenes portraying Biblical events from Creation to Judgment Day and could take up to 20 hours to perform.
Hoping to corner a share of the action, traveling bands of actors toured the countryside, wandering from town to town wheeling props and costumes in handcarts. Though not as elaborate in scope, these shows packed a lot of punch for a pence.
On Oct. 22, 23, 24, 29, 30 and 31 you can get a taste of what these early theatre patrons enjoyed. Under the direction of George McGee, “The Doctor Inspite of Himself” rolls into the Ruth Pearce Wilson Lab Theatre at Georgetown College. Curtain time is 8 p.m. and the show is roughly an hour.
Written by French playwright Molière, the 1666 play translates easily into laughs for a modern American audience raised on situation comedies. The plot can be traced back to a play from the Middle Ages. The story centers on a woodcutter named Sganarelle, whose angry wife tricks him into passing himself off as a doctor to a patient who, ironically, is only faking her illness.
Molière himself spent 16 years on the road as an itinerant actor with no home base. He knew the trials of maintaining a wardrobe under filthy traveling conditions, competing with other companies for a town’s business and barely breaking even in the end. Theatre in Medieval times was rough and tumble, inspiring McGee’s unusual staging choices. His cast evokes that mood by rushing onstage as if running late and in a frenzy to get the show started before the audience demands a refund or begins throwing rotten produce. During intermission, cast members continue to set a Medieval tone by telling fortunes, performing a marionette show and hawking various wares—love potion anyone?
McGee himself is on a roll these days. Flexing his writing muscles, he penned the drama “A Fence for Martin Maher” which played here in Kentucky as well as in Mooncoin and Kilkenny, Ireland. Most recently his short one-act play, “Digging for Diamonds” was accepted to be performed three times at the Kentucky Festival of New Plays at The Bard’s Town in Louisville, Nov. 19-20. His debut short film, “DocDoc” earned a spot at the Ireland International Film Festival in Tipperary in September. Most recently, McGee took to the stage himself, portraying Henry Clay, his long-beloved Kentucky Chautauqua character, as part of the World Equestrian Games.
Tickets for “The Doctor Inspite of Himself” are $3 for students and $5 for adults. They are likely to sell out, so swing by The Store at Georgetown College or call and reserve at (502) 863-8134.
Art in collaboration
GC art professors team up for new exhibit
“Bookends or Lap Joint” is a collaborative installation by J. Daniel Graham and Darrell Kincer, art faculty at Georgetown College. The exhibit chronicles the development of each artist’s work, ultimately uniting the methods and concepts of both artists.
Graham (traditionally a printmaker) and Kincer (traditionally a photographer), often aiming for equivalent destinations, seem to arrive at solutions from uniquely differing vantage points. With this notion in mind, the two artists selected and arranged works to display a trajectory that leads to a headlong collision, overlapping with the intersection of pieces created in an exquisite corpse fashion. This bell-curve-like chronology reveals two lines of reasoning, converging in both a professional and personal camaraderie.
“Bookends or Lap Joint” opens today at 5 p.m. at the Tuska Center for Contemporary Art, which is located in the Fine Arts Building on the University of Kentucky campus. The exhibit will be on view until Nov. 11.Press release
“Paranormal Activity 2” sneaks up on viewersBy CHRISTINA COLEMAN
I realize since writing for The Georgetonian this semester, the extent of my reviews have been pertaining to the horror genre. Do not worry, there are other genres to come, but being in the midst of the Halloween season, I feel the only appropriate reviews are the scary movies that are so abundant right now. However, after all the horror movies I have seen this fall, I might have found the ultimate horror flick of 2010. I went to the midnight showing of “Paranormal Activity 2” expecting nothing out of the ordinary or anything different from the first one, but I have to say, I have never been so petrified during a movie in my life.
If you saw the first “Paranormal Activity,” you know that the trailers were hyped up and it was advertised to be the scariest movie ever. Interesting and entertaining is the only way I would label the first movie, which centered on a young couple being plagued by sinister noises and happenings in their home. Katie and Micah are reintroduced in the second movie as we meet Katie’s sister Kristi, her husband Dan, stepdaughter Ally, and newborn son Hunter. The family records their times together pretty frequently with video cameras, but I bet they never expected that they would soon begin to capture the most frightening moments of their lives on tape. A superstitious nanny begins to try and rid the house of evil before the family even realizes something is present in their home. After they do realize it, the dark begins to set in and viewers are in for a horror flick like none other.
Things that go bump in the night are especially frightening when they happen in the dark. Yet you would be surprised that they are just as frightening when they happen during the day. This was the experience of Kristi and Ally during the majority of the movie as they tried to make Dan lose his skeptic thoughts when they claim the house is haunted. However, this is not your typical ghost movie. No creepy figures or blood dripping spirits appear, but it is what you do not see that scares you the most.
The jump scares are rampant, but work well to set the mood of the film. They are completely unexpected and get your blood pumping. I have never been one to scream in movies, but I can now say this movie scared me more than anything I have ever seen. I screamed, jumped halfway out of my seat, chewed all my nails off and covered my face. I did not expect a lot of the scenes, and when they happened I found myself grabbing on to the people next to me. I have never been to a movie where so many emotions went through me. I had times where I felt like crying, screaming, laughing or all the above at the same time! I might be alone in these feelings, but watching someone do something against their will due to an unseen presence is truly frightening to me.
The awesome thing about these movies is that “Paranormal Activity 2” is taking place before, during, and after the first movie. These entwine themselves together throughout the whole movie. It was interesting to see parts of the first movie as they were happening according to the second movie. After doing a bit of research, I found out that immediately after the first movie was released the second was announced to be filmed. After watching the second experience of this family, the audience is left wondering if there will be a third. You will be shocked at the ending of this, as you were with the ending of the last one. If you need a good Halloween scare, do not miss this because you will be taken into a world of terror that hits closer to home than you realize.
A Haunted Hospital
Friday, October 29
9 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Nunnelley Music Hall
Tickets: $2 outside the Caf or at the door
All proceeds benefit Georgetown College CMENC