We went to see The Three Stooges on opening weekend because Cindy had worked on it and because Skye is a die-hard Stooges fan. We went to see Rua/Wulf because I thought it would balance the Stooges slapstick low-brow humor.
Little did I know how right I was and on how many levels.
I was pleasantly surprised by the Three Stooges. I am sure that to a great extent this was due to low expectations, but it was also because it made me laugh.
The Farrlley brothers and the new stooges really got the spirit and tone of the original while putting it in a modern day setting. It was crude and rude to just the right degree. The timing and physical clowning worked. There was a sweet story and a wonderful supporting cast; Jane Lynch as the Mother Superior, Larry David as Sister Mary-Mengele, and Jennifer Hudson, as Sister Rosemary, not to mention Sofia Vergara, the guy from the Old Spice commercials and some of the cast from “Jersey Shore".
I really didn't think I would find it that funny. as the original Three Stooges were never my cup of tea, even when I was much younger. So all in all I had a great time. I could easily recommend this film.
I was going to add, especially if you have kids, but Skye gave it two thumbs down. As far as she was concerned, compared to the original it was a downright bore. I must say that I was surprised. Apparently there was too much of a story line in the movie version, she prefers non-stop nyuk, nyuk, nyuks, eye-poking and head-smacking.
Just a little west of downtown Atlanta lies the Goat Farm, a sprawling complex of historic buildings on around 12 acres of land. It used to be an old cotton gin factory built in 1898, and now is an artist community of live/work spaces that hosts concerts, theatrical performances, dance performances and the like.
We've seen two other performances there and love the space and energy. So when I heard that they were doing an avante-garde retelling of Little Red Riding Hood, I was quite curious.
From the trailer I saw, I could tell it would be dealing with the metaphor of sexual awakening and teen-age rebellion and even though it did say it wasn't "kid friendly" , I thought they meant the 10 year old and under crowd.
I assumed that Skye would certainly be mature enough to handle the material.
You know what they say about assume.....
"NO MAN IS A WOLF UNTIL HE IS MADE INTO ONE"
With a tag-line like that I should have known it might get a bit racy.
But it started out so innocently at Little Red Riding Hood's aka Rua's house with her mother giving her very specific instruction and warning her about not straying from the path through the forest to grandmother's house. Heck we, the audience, were even given a guide to make sure that we didn't stray as we followed Rua on a journey that would meander around and through the buildings and grounds of the Goat Farm.
We started on our way just as the sun was setting. Our "guide" was a plucky impish little sprite who definitely pulled one into the almost interactive quality the performance had.
We would soon meet the "wolf" or would we or was he.
The interaction between Hemming, a man perhaps in his 30's maybe older and the young Rua were wonderfully creepy and yet not. One could see how this could go in any number of directions.
And it did. In fact, at one point the audience was split, one group would follow Rua and hear her story and the other, the one we were in would follow Hemming and see things through his perspective. And then we'd all reunite and enjoy an intermission and a tea party with wonderful cookies that "grandmother" had made.
Remember the Grandmother in the story?
So up until this point, it had been awkward for Skye at time, what with a foul-mouthed guide and Rua testing her temptress allure. But it was still the right amount of awkwardness, we were still at the PG-13 level. That was going to change and how.
Turns out grandma wasn't so innocent and may have had a hand in the making of the "wolf" Hemming had become.
When we followed the wolf into grandmother's house, well, grandma was in lingerie and the wolf, was not.
The wolf had shed his clothes, yep naked. And the centerpiece of the set was an enormous bed. Now were it not for being with our 13 year old daughter, this venture into experimental theater would be right up Cindy and my alley, however....
Grandmother's bedroom set as risque as it was, tamed in comparison to when we ventured into the belly set.
Skye had pretty much checked out at this point and Cindy was doing a fantastic job in buffering her from the intensity of the scene. Meanwhile Hemming's naked butt was a mere couple feet from my face and his howling, was loud and heartfelt and disconcerting. The scene was intense on its own, throw in the weirdness and guilt and confusion on my part for dragging our daughter along on this cultural experience and it heightened it.
In the end, I thoroughly enjoyed the evening. I wish we hadn't taken Skye. That said, I think there were "teachable" moments and opportunities and then some aspects that we'll just let be.
See Rua/Wulf if you can, but