Sir Robin, described as the knight who “slew the vicious Chicken of Bristol and who personally wet himself at the Battle of Badon Hill,” and minions.
Spamalot, the stage version of Monty Python and the Holy Grail, is a madcap comedy that manages to make fun of every convention imaginable and probably some no one had even considered before the play got to Broadway.
Performed by the Theatre of Dare, the community theatre troupe does the play justice, moving the plot along at an almost frenetic pace, never missing a beat as they sing their way through “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life” and other hit songs from the movie and play.
Somewhere in all of the mayhem there is a plot…maybe. But going to see Spamalot and expecting a focused story line is sort of like coming to the Outer Banks looking for snow. Wait long enough and something will appear, but it’s not really the reason to be there.
The classic lines from The Holy Grail are all here. Not-Dead-Yet Fred telling anyone who will listen that, “I’m not dead,” as his relative offers the undertaker nine pence to take the body.
Told it’s against regulations to take him if he's not dead, the relative says, “Well, he will be soon, he's very ill.”
And that’s just a small sampling of the what goes on in the play.
Somewhere in all of this there’s a plot about the quest for the Holy Grail, which the Knights of the Round Table did have for a brief time. Their journey to take the grail somewhere—although it’s not exactly clear where, is dealt a massive blow when the French defeat them as they “fetchez la vache.”
A moment later a cow flies over the walls of the French castle, scattering the Knights of the Round Table, who then go off on their own personal quests.
The plot is thin…but the jokes are wonderful. There does not appear to be any sacred cows in the script, with the exception, perhaps, of the “vache” that defeated the Britons.
The play will be performed next weekend, February 24-26 at the COA auditorium in Manteo. Friday and Saturday are evening performances. Sunday is a matinee.