Style of Story - Farce
Farce - Heightened people in heightened comedic situations. The mirror is tilted and starting to be distorted based on Shakespeare’s quote “Art is a reflection of reality, hold the mirror up to nature.” Make-up/Physical comedy/Sets brightly lit and shallower in depth. Actor has greater emphasis on technique, setting up jokes, and reactions, pantomime, and waiting for laughs.
Tikkun Chaiyim AKA Vinnie Zamboni breaks down on Route 66 in the Arizona desert two days before Christmas on his return to Los Angeles where he is expected at a birthday party that evening.
When we arrived at the garage which was an enormous place that also catered to eighteen wheel trucks and various industrial vehicles I was greeted by Big Papa Tony. He is an arrogant man in his late fifties, standing six foot three and weighing approximately three hundred pounds wearing wire-framed glasses that revealed his penetrating brown eyes. The brother, Rocco “The Ratchet”, acquired his name while striving to be first in Big Papa’s eyes in his quest to find and fix a problem with a truck motor. Dom settled it by slamming a ratchet upside his head. He’s in his early thirties, a broad and rotund six feet tall much heavier than Papa who is slow and very goofy. Rocco has dark hair and eyes, sporting an unkempt beard and moustache. Both were dressed in filthy and grease stained work clothes. This was our introduction to Kingman. Old Faithful and I would have to chant the “Take Me Home” mantra many rounds before we exited this dreadful place.
James Berkowitz © 2010