I think that Day 7 could safely be called “Court Jester Day’ in the pantheon of Synetic’s Decameron. From dolls to clowns to stick figures, it was a day to just be jovial.
This was a lighthearted approach all the way around and was a wonderful way to just laugh and relax.
Rachael Small (who based her story on “Day 9, Story 9”) started us off with a mystery. Two dolls are climbing off their shelves, one in pursuit of the other. These dolls had eerie eyes and eyebrows. Why one doll is pursuing the other is unknown, but watching the dolls scale the furniture to reach a table top is really funny. They somehow look like they are grunting and grimacing. It must be those eyebrows and some really good camera angles. Let’s just say that a blueberry muffin is involved. The original story concerns an abbess and a wayward nun with a lover (the abbess actually has one too), and somehow this is just funnier. And why wouldn’t one go to great lengths for a world-class blueberry muffin? This ran 3 minutes.
For the second story, Chris Rushing bravely takes on three parts—an overprotective father, his nubile daughter, and the daughter’s secret lover—and all in clown makeup, and in one case, some unfortunate shorts (the lover). Based on “Day 4, Story 1,” he mimes and uses physical comedy to enact the three parts. Somewhat like Day 6, which asked what would you give up for love, this one has an unfortunate ending. It was funny and briskly paced, clocking in at 9 minutes. Special thanks to Mandi Lee.
The third jester offering was Thomas Beheler’s take on all of “Day 8 Stories.” In 13-1/2 minutes, he covered eight stories, all having to do with sex and/or comeuppance. Using a lap-top whiteboard, Beheler uses stick figures and funny captions to tell us these stories, in brief, that range from a judge who smells bad to possibly the first case on record of polyamory. It’s a fresh approach, but what was really humorous were the captions. Beheler was evidently timing himself and the florid Italianate language of the time was condensed into modern slang, and somehow you could see that happening. The music was by Bensound and special thanks to Christopher Willumsen. I would love to see what he can do with “Romeo and Juliet.”
This was a lighthearted approach all the way around and was a wonderful way to just laugh and relax. Again, as usual, can’t wait for Day 8.
Running Time: The vignettes vary between 3-1/2 and 13-1/2 minutes.
“The Decameron” runs July 10 through July 31, 2020, on a pay-what-you-can basis. For the first 10 days, three shows will be released each day. For more information, please click here.