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All Stages Online: Spring 2013 – Role of a Lifetime – Il Dottore

Brave Girl – Lunchbox Theatre
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All Stages Online: Spring 2013 – Role of a Lifetime – Il Dottore

Gerry Potter – The Commedia Show–improvised on the spot, based loosely on the Commedia DellArte tradition of semi-improv – Theatre-Go-Round, Ottawa, 1971

Il Dottore, the pompous, lecherous professor in our semi-improvised, outdoor version of a traditional Commedia Dell’arte comedy spoke to my soul. I revelled in the part as I rolled out pseudo-profundities or checked the heartbeat of my disgusted future bride. My triumph in identifying with this idiot was confirmed one day when a large German Shepherd tore, snarling, from the audience and chased me around the stage, to several minutes of thunderous applause.

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