The Best Seat in the House.
Following up on the truncated literary listicle, courtesy of my good friend Nick Benson, I'm going to give you a top-ten list of classical/theatrical performances you can watch from the comfort of your own cozy couch. It includes opera, plays, and a few movies that are mostly filmed performances.
The first I’m going to recommend is actually a play within a play within a movie whose title alone made it instantly famous: The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade, usually shortened to Marat/Sade. Written in 1963 by Peter Weiss, a German/Swedish playwright, it burst on the scene and made waves everywhere with its stunning originality and black humor.
Every week we give you an unusual word or expression, from our readings or meanderings, to expand your vocabulary, and enrich your lives. And also to show how smart and erudite we are.
N.B. The "uppity" tile is wild and can be any letter. In this case it's an "L" – CACKALACK is a derogatory slang term for a resident of South Carolina.
Here's a list of the other WoWs we've featured, in no particular order:
whistle pig - ground hog
spin – a flashy, disreputable man
piker – a cheapskate
snickersnee – a curved sword
sizzurp – adding cough syrup to a carbonated drink and used as a recreational drug; also called drank
shinbone alley – a seedy place known for bars and seedy venues
scrimshanker – a shirker, usually of military duties
recalicitrant – willfully disagreeable and rebellious
piloerection – the bristling of hairs
pantywaist – an effeminate or cowardly person
oosik – a walrus penis
mukluk – Eskimo sealskin boots
mingo – Iroquoian people and language
looper – inchworm
lagniappe – a gifted extra, e.g. a baker's dozen
keelhaul – punishment where a person is dragged under the keel of a ship