Wednesday, October 21, 2015

The UK Relocates to Savannah, Georgia

Monty Python's Flying Circus
What is it like to see two of the silliest icons of British comedy, live, on stage?  Last night, my wife Dianne and I had that chance. Take all the hilarious bits you can recall from the decades of Monty Python - from the late 60's and early 70's with the "Flying Circus" through the 70's and 80 with such imaginative  films as  "The Holy Grail" ('75), "The Life of Brian" ('79) and "The Meaning of Life" ('83) -  and you have a night to remember.

Together Again at Last...
Two of Monty Python's stalwarts, John Cleese and Eric Idle, were together on stage - live - in Savannah and we got to watch the silliness unfold.  John and Eric are doing a month long tour entitled "Together Again at Last...For the Very First Time". It runs the month of October with basically one-night stands, started in Southern Florida and will end in Baltimore October 31.  John and Eric characterized their exploit: “Yes, most of the shows are in Florida. Yes, this is a deliberate ploy to score a free vacation… England is very dreary come October”.  Eric added: “We are touring Florida in October to seek our peer group of the elderly avoiding winter...".

The Stage is Set
The Savannah Civic Center's Johnny Mercer Theater looked like it had packed all of its 2,500+ seats as the show began. This two and a half hour night of almost unending frivolity, with one interlude - oops, we are in the US, I mean intermission - was a selections of skits performed jointly by John and Eric interspersed with film clips from various Python mainstays (e.g., "I f..t in your general direction", from the French Castle). In the second part, Eric led a boisterous sing along of some of his more infamous tonal creations!  

Eric and John on Stage
The show ended with the pair answering some pre-written questions from the audience.  During the course of the evening  I think every global nationality was picked on (the French more than once!) Americans were certainly a target for the pair's humor...I especially liked a bit that John did in questioning why "American" football was called "football" as the foot was so rarely used (he made it sound a lot funnier)! Needless to say we had a very good time!

Maxwell's for Small Bites
I'd also like to mention that, about 2 blocks from the Civic center we discovered a little gem of a restaurant.  We were only looking for something small (had a late lunch) and found it in Maxwell's on Jefferson Street. We sat at the bar, not having a reservation. The attentive service from Mia, our bartender, and conversation with the establishment's proprietor allowed us plenty of time to enjoy our lite meal and get to the Civic Center with time to spare.

The Bar at Maxwell's
I had the Beef Carpaccio served with an arugula salad, parmesan, fried capers and truffle oil.  The combination resulted in very slightly sweet tasting result. The beef was paper thin and delicious. Dianne had the Seared Tuna Tatami with an outstanding wasabi aioli.  For "small dishes" the portions were excellent. Heading off to a night of British humor, I fortified myself with a vodka martini ("shaken, not stirred") and Dianne had a very nice Sauvignon Blanc.

All in all, a very enjoyable evening!

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