Upstaged

Upstaged

Upstaged A stranger takes over a role in a play leaving the rest of the cast to ponder his motives Two minutes into the second act there is a knock on Nicolas Boehlmer s dressing room door just as he s smok

  • Title: Upstaged
  • Author: Jacques Jouet Leland de la Durantaye
  • ISBN: 9781564785749
  • Page: 184
  • Format: Paperback
  • A stranger takes over a role in a play, leaving the rest of the cast to ponder his motives Two minutes into the second act, there is a knock on Nicolas Boehlmer s dressing room door, just as he s smoking his last cigarette before having to go back on stage and, without thinking, he says, Come in, still in character He quickly finds himself bound, gagged, and striA stranger takes over a role in a play, leaving the rest of the cast to ponder his motives.Two minutes into the second act, there is a knock on Nicolas Boehlmer s dressing room door, just as he s smoking his last cigarette before having to go back on stage and, without thinking, he says, Come in, still in character He quickly finds himself bound, gagged, and stripped by a man who appears to be his mirror image costumed in the same wig, make up, and clothes Nicolas is powerless to prevent his usurper from going out and playing his role with increasingly ridiculous consequences Is this upstaging the act of a depraved amateur Sabotage by a rival A piece of guerrilla theater A political statement Whatever the cause, Nicolas and his fellow actors soon find their play and their lives making less and less sense, as the parts they play come under assault by this irrational intruder.

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    Jouet is a prodigious and lesser-known Oulipian emerging into English via Dalkey translations of his shorter works. This 64-page “novel” (Jouet insists) concerns an actor whose identity is usurped (by The Usurper, who delivers a better performance than the gagged original) for the first half of a tiresome play on the French Republic (Jouet is working on a modern version of Balzac’s Comédie humaine). His earlier Dalkey title Mountain R was a satire with some disagreeable nastiness in its d [...]

    jacques jouet, french novelist, poet, playwright, and essayist, is rather prolific, yet seemingly little-known to english readers despite having authored some 50 books. a member of the illustrious oulipo group since 1983, jouet is "intensely interested" in the incorporation of literary constraints in his writing.upstaged is a slim work concerning the production of a political play and a unique disruption that affects those involved in its staging. when the usurper forces his way into the perform [...]

    I don't know what Jouet's constraint when writing this was but I do know mine - I need an extra star. A perfect book to quickly get a smile back on your face when feeling blue; reading it will be way less effort than jogging for an hour to get that runner's high.

    I'm sure I'll read this again. It was entertaining, funny, but I think there were depths to the story that I moved too quickly to fully appreciate.Since it only takes about an hour or so to read, I'll enjoy it again sometime soon.Jouet's very cool, especially _Mountain R_.

    The Usurper, however, did not allow his character to slide down the slippery slope of outraged stoicism, as is called for in Flavy's play (a development very much in accord with what we know of the historical Soufissis). He kept to his lines, and yet at the same time began to rebel against it. At first this was done almost imperceptibly. Only gradually did his undermining of the text become clear. The Usurper succeeded thereby in slowly unsettling the usually effortless assurance of Jean-Francoi [...]

    Hilarious, brief. I'm not sure where it fits into Jouet's ouevre because this is my first work by him, but I enjoyed it.

    "The show must go on" - ah, theatre cliché. But Upstaged takes a "the show must go on" moment and explores it in a funny and interesting way. It's the eighth night of the run of a play, and one of the actors answers a knock on his dressing room door, only to be bound and gagged by a man dressed like his double, in costume and in character. This man, who comes to be thought of as "the Usurper" by the troupe, goes onstage on cue, and knows "his" character's lines and blocking, though he doesn't, [...]

    Well, it would be tempting to call Jouet's Upstaged a novella, if not for the fact that the man himself insists that he writes only novels, be they short or long. Upstaged is very short. There is a precision to it, and a sense of gainful mischief. It is clearly a comedy. An unknown usurper bounds and gags an actor in his dressing room after the first act and takes his place in the second, to decidedly anarchic effect. Clearly this is a comedy. However, it is so dry and matter-of-fact - only vagu [...]

    Jacques Jouet’s Upstaged is a short novel (regardless of the length of the project the author refuses to label any of his works as being a novella) that documents the events surrounding the performance of a play that goes wrong, but in the process becomes something far superior in quality when compared to its original form.Moments before the second act of Marcel Flavy’s Going out to the People an unknown male referred to only as “the Usurper” enters the dressing room of one Nicolas Boehl [...]

    Intriguing short story about a theatre troupe and what happens when the role of one of the actors is taken over for one night by the mysterious Usurper. Jouet is a member of the Oulipo and this is an example of 'constraint' fiction. It is not known what the constraint is for this book but it packs a lot of action into its 73 pages and is well worth a read.

    I read this quickly in two sittings on my lunch break at work It's pretty funny but it didn't blow me away. I would not seed this very highly on my Best Translated Book Award bracket myself but it's a fun quick little read. Perhaps I just didn't get the political implications?

    Great scenario for a novella, but I wanted more somehow, a payoff. I needed a punchline to this artful joke.

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