The Unbearable Banishment: Professional wrestling/theater mash-up

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Professional wrestling/theater mash-up

In honor of tonight's Tony Awards, I'll do a theater post, although this play is very, very far removed from what's being shown tonight.

The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity is a hard title to remember but, Jason, I'm afraid I'm going to have to insist that you beg, borrow or steal a ticket to this show. It's a look at professional wrestling. The stage consists of a wrestling ring and you are treated to a match or two. It's a satire on how wrestling is a crash of economics, race, ego and ambition.

It's a comedy and I laughed my ass of from opening until final curtain. A great piece of theater. And don't just take my word for it. The play was a finalist for this year's Pulitzer Prize and lots of folks, myself included, think that the only reason it didn't win was because it was still playing in Chicago when the prize was awarded. New York theater is unfairly favored. It's a fact!

Regarding the fakery and predetermined outcomes of wrestling, a very good point is made. It is, after all is said and done, a performance piece. Aside from the content, is it any different than seeing Hamlet and knowing exactly how it's going to end? Not so much.

The last time I saw a wrestling play was Teaneck Tanzi: The Venus Fly Trap (1983) starring Andy Kaufman and Debbie Harry. Kaufman played the ring referee. Harry played Tanzi, who had a special deadly hold: The Venus Fly Trap. For real.

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Here's a fun article from The Wall Street Journal about a self-described Manners Enforcer. He's a dapper, bow tie-wearing gentleman in his 60s whose mission in life is to get folks to behave in a more civilized manner when in public. His weapon of choice? The cell phone jammer, of course! Here's the photo from the article. It's the exact same model I employ! We are brothers in the same war.

Alfred Giancarli for The Wall Street Journal

Additionally, here's a card that was posted to PostSecret today.

I'm hoping an army of us arises to take back our peace quiet. Simply put, people who abuse their cell phones in public are assholes and deserve to have their service cut off. Sometimes I think that cell phones are a greater threat to Western civilization that Al Qaeda.

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Blogger secret agent woman said...

Boy, do I agree about cell phones. They are really handy, but good grief! I do NOT want to listen to your conversations.

June 13, 2010 at 8:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

theatre and wrestling - sort of like oil and water, until you make the 'performance art' connection. if they could only work in puppets and roller derby...

June 13, 2010 at 8:42 PM  
Blogger savannah said...

it's a commercial break during the show, so i came here, sugar! yes to the jammer and i think i need to check out yet another of y'all's suggestions! xoxoxox

June 13, 2010 at 8:47 PM  
Blogger The Unbearable Banishment said...

SAW: I can tell you where to get a jammer. They're only about $38 bucks! But I *think* they might not be entirely legal.

Daisy: Theater IS wrestling! Oh. That's right. You have first hand experience.

Savannah: Are you watching?! How'd you like that Green Day opening?! It can only go downhill from there.

June 13, 2010 at 9:13 PM  
Blogger Here In Franklin said...

So...I was telling someone about your jammer just last night. You're famous in Franklin! Also, hope you saw what Zen Mama at Stalking Sunsets had to say about you. You might blush.

June 13, 2010 at 9:23 PM  
Blogger savannah said...

i must have missed green day DAMMIT! somebody had to see a repeat of NCIS, like she doesn't have the last 6 seasons on dvd! so far, i've laughed, i've cried, it's been a wunderful night at the theater! xoxoxoxo

(i am so loving sean hayes, sugar!)

June 13, 2010 at 9:44 PM  
Blogger Please Don't Eat With Your Mouth Open said...

I like the idea of a cell-jammer Army. Does it make you feel like you're part of some sort of secret cell-jammer movement?

I still want one.

June 14, 2010 at 12:25 AM  
Anonymous nuttycow said...

I saw that postsecret and thought of you. I hopefully wondered whether it was you who sent it in and smiled.

Hope all is well

June 14, 2010 at 7:15 AM  
Blogger The Unbearable Banishment said...

HIF: I did, indeed, see Zen Mama's shout out. Isn't that just the best feeling in the world? Bless her.

Savannah: Quick! Get thee to YouTube!

Jo: Jammers are affordable. It's the risk that costs a lot.

Nutty: That was NOT my card but I certainly am on his side. MORE JAMMERS!

June 14, 2010 at 7:41 AM  
Blogger Jason Quinones said...

that play sounds interesting! thanks for the info. i'll definitely look into it.

that other play with the amazing late great andy kaufman and debbie harry sounds even better though!!!

June 14, 2010 at 9:43 AM  
Blogger S.Le said...

V nice place you've got here! I'd hate that long commute! I drive 2 miles to my work! (Found you at Daisyfae's Trailer Park.)

June 14, 2010 at 10:26 AM  
Blogger Pat said...

I think cell phones are the equivalent of a dummy(comforter)or a comfort blanket and the habit should be discouraged with vigour.

June 14, 2010 at 10:59 AM  
Blogger kyknoord said...

Hey, let's all get together UB's place for a jam session!

June 14, 2010 at 12:25 PM  
Blogger The Unbearable Banishment said...

Jason: Honestly? Chad Deity was better, even though Teaneck Tanzi had that killer cast. If the script ain't there, it's not going to matter who speaks it.

SLe: Welcome! Any friend of Daisy is not only a friend of mine, but someone to be highly suspicious of. C'mon back. There's plenty more where this came from.

Pat: Did you ever wonder how we got along without them? It's an addiction!

Kykn: Spreading the message of jamming since 2008.

June 14, 2010 at 12:34 PM  
Anonymous Rob said...

Loved the article on Philip the jammer. "Could you please talk less loudly?" Not a question well received, I would imagine. Sometimes a taser might be better than a jammer.

June 14, 2010 at 11:36 PM  
Blogger A Free Man said...

When I saw that card on Post Secret I assumed it was you who had sent it!

June 15, 2010 at 8:25 PM  

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