February 8th, 2011
Shakespeare purists be warned: this is not your grandparents’ Bard! Humorist Moore hilariously re-envisions Shakespeare’s King Lear, taking as his protagonist Lear’s most humble Fool. Pocket, the fool, is a foul-mouthed, impudent, over-sexed young man of diminutive height and vertiginous intellect. His only loyalties are to his King, Lear, and to Lear’s youngest daughter, Cordelia. When Lear disowns Cordelia for being disloyal and sends her off to France, Pocket, along with his dim-witted apprentice Drool, undertake to get back at the King for his idiocy and return things in the realm to the way Pocket believes they should be. This necessitates, of course, much treachery, witchery, and buggery, though not necessarily in that order.
Raucous, raunchy, fast-paced, manic, and wild, Fool is a treat for anyone not scared off by a version of the Bard that includes toilet humor, foul language, and masturbation jokes side by side with biting social commentary.
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