Okay, not really. But I did have a jolly good time. Over the holidays, the better half won a theater ticket and was kind enough to pass the ticket along to me. Only one show was available for a reservation: Spamalot at the Playhouse Theatre in London. Now I have a confession. I’ve never seen Monty Python. Given this, I wasn’t sure if I would like the show or not. Fear lot Monty Python lovers, I enjoyed the it. And first thing this morning, I added the movie to my rental queue.
The show opens with a historian giving a brief rundown of medieval England. The next number is hilariously since there is some confusion and a bunch of Finnish villagers appear on the stage thinking the narrator said Finland, not England. After this number, the show gets back on “track.” At least they go back to England. It’s hard to summarize what happens in this show since it is all bizarre and in order for those who haven’t seen it, I would have to explain it scene by scene for you to follow along. I’m not going to. Here’s the gist, King Arthur and his knights have to find the Holy Grail. If you want to find out the how, why, and if they are successful I highly recommend seeing the show. You won’t believe all of the hilarity. At least I didn’t.
One of my favorite aspects of the show is that they know they are being utterly ridiculous. Not only are they mocking history, religion, and legends, they are poking fun at their own show and society today. If you aren’t paying attention you may miss many of the jokes. That isn’t to say that the show is difficult to follow. Even though they move from one absurd situation to another, it’s done seamlessly. I know I couldn’t write it. I’m doing a horrible job of telling you about it. Trust me—it’s funny! This was the first time when the show ended someone from the audience stood up and shouted bravo. I’ve seen this happen in movies, but never actually experienced it. And I’m pretty certain he wasn’t planted in the audience.
Now I need to watch the movie.