Sunday, February 22, 2009

Of Art and Life

Oh, winnow all my folly, and you'll find A grain or two of truth among the chaff! So sang Jack Point in Yeomen of the Guard.
Betimes it may indeed take a boatload of folly to produce that grain of truth.

Curiously, Point was the only character left unmated and unfulfilled, as I recall. But life is not always skittles and ale.

It has been many years since I saw a performance of any G & S show. Light opera is entertaining, fraught with plot twists, ironies, comedy and yes, folly. Yet how much of art imitates life? Or does life imitate art?

Yeomen of the Guard, libretto by W. S. Gilbert. Jack Point costume by Percy Anderson, 1919.

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