Knight of the Burning Pestle: Review

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Knight of the Burning Pestle Review
I recently watched the “Knight of the Burning Pestle”, originally written by Francis Beaumont and directed by Tom Gough in this Foothill Production. The story is very satirical and fun. This follows the play-within-a-play format so we get to see many facets of the characters. We get to watch as one group tries to perform a production while another group introduces one obstacle after another to create an entirely new performance. In entirety, we get to watch the completion of two plays in all, with standard premises but interesting circumstances.

The ensemble cast was great and diverse, but as this was a comedic play, the two actors that stood out to me were Jacob Marker as Humphrey and Lori Grass as Nell the Grocer's Wife. They were undeniably the funniest characters to me. Their acting styles were bombastic and presentational, so while it was not entirely representational in a modern sense, it could in a way be representational of the time era it was put in, being Shakespearian time. Nell was entirely delightful. Her acting came across very naturally for her, even though her character was exaggerated. I think Nell’s actress was very commendable because she had great diction and control of her voice. That along with her large movements makes her every action worth watching. I do not mind admitting that during other actors’ stage actions, I would occasionally glance at Nell because she was always on the stage and in character off to the side. She has a very strong mother aura that resonates and reminds me of my own, if she was born centuries ago. The character of Humphrey also stood out to me because of his flamboyancy. Along with his elaborate costume, his personality was grandly epic. He was an insanely fun character to watch because his character was the personification of fun and youth. Everything from his stage action to his voice made the audience laugh along with him. Not exactly realistic but a stereotype played to...
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