Monday, July 17, 2006

Knight of the Woeful Countenance

I saw Man of LaMancha at ASF Saturday night. It was good. I'm not really much of one for musicals, either. Seems like every time I get into the dialogue of a musical, and begin to identify with the characters, they break out into song. That always makes me want to laugh, no matter what's happening in the show.

I was able to overlook that in LaMancha. It's probably because Don Quixote is one my favorite books. I somewhat identify with old Alonso's desire to see things as better than they are. His blind chivalry endears him to me. That, and the odd sense of humor Cervantes gives him are what I think I like most. Sancho is a truly faithful companion, too. The insane friendship they have is hilarious.

The story, to me, points out that the world is a nasty place, filled with nasty characters. But we don't all have to be like that. We can bring something good and virtuous into our world, even if it's only in our imagination. Therefore, I dub myself, "Tone-Coyote", and dedicate myself to the service of my peerless Dulcinea.