Monday, May 19, 2014

A Refresher on Music in the Evening

Because it's been a few years since Music in the Evening tore up the charts, and because there's an outside chance I have new people in the audience, I think a little primer on my main characters is in order so you can skip to later episodes which are better than the weird, slapdash, excessively offensive early ones:

WILLIAM Q. SNOBBERSON: Exasperated, put-upon, and irascible, Snobberson is the MC of fantastically popular (pathetically struggling) musical variety show Music in the Evening. Dig into the early episodes and you can hear his voice develop from a weird drawl into the fairly stable form it's in now. Something to know? Despite his wandering affected accent, Snobberson is actually a Russian immigrant, as you can hear in the revamped first episode. Nothing has come of this ... yet.

SADIE GOLDMAN: "The only competent one among us" -- William Q. Snobberson. Sadie is a young woman in her late twenties who majored in theater in college and has been paying for it ever since. The stage manager of Music in the Evening, Sadie is the glue that holds the show together and a real mensch.

JERRY: Perpetually a teenager, Jerry is the production assistant at Music in the Evening, which puts him at the bottom of the show's hierarchy. Jerry's adventures include coming of age and experiencing the mating frenzy, the Poon Forr, and being taught to gamble by the others and losing his shirt.

MACK: Coarse and brutish, chief grip Mack manhandles the sets and does other things, I suppose, around the show. Mack made his appearance, as did basically all the characters, in episode 3, Labor Problems, as the ringleader of the job action against Snobberson. Although of course he's been retro-added into the revamped first episode.

JACK: Jack, a quiet and powerful lummox with greatly reduced brain function, does the heavy lifting at the show, mostly without comment. (Another way to say this is that I can't think of any lines for him). Jack also displays a surprising intelligence at times, with a vast knowledge of etymology and philosophy.

QUIMQUAFF: Introduced in episode 6, Quimquaff is a Native American who has been expelled from his tribe for too literally "merging" with the Spirit of Buffalo. If you know what I mean. Episode 6 is the one where pirates hijack the show, so Quimquaff is a play on similar noble savage Queequeg from Moby Dick, except of course that "quim" is an archaic word for vagina, which amuses me greatly; I don't know about you. Nowadays, Quimquaff serves as the Secretary of Indian Affairs at the show, which means essentially he sits around.

THE MICE: Nigel, Ludlow, and Rufus are the charming vermin who infest the theater and perturb Snobberson constantly. Nigel has a penchant for pretend Cockney slang, Ludlow has a Beatle haircut, and Rufus ... well, Rufus is dumb. I wonder how these mice learned to speak? Maybe a future episode will shed some light on the situation, hint hint.

That about wraps it up for the main cast. Next up, brief sketches of the recurring guest characters.

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