Cover of: Dame Edna Everage and the rise ofWestern civilization | John Lahr

Dame Edna Everage and the rise ofWestern civilization

backstage with Barry Humphries

Published by Flamingo in London .
Written in English.

About the Book

John Lahr is one of the most celebrated critics of the performing arts. Winner of Britain's 1992 Roger Machell Award for the best writing about public performance, Dame Edna Everage and the Rise of Western Civilisation is an insider's account of a great clown and a great act. It takes us backstage at London's Theatre Royal in Drury Lane, with Barry Humphries, and into the weird and wonderful world of his show-stopping creation--Dame Edna Everage. Humphries is a prodigious comic talent. His copresence in Edna-- a character so real to the public that her autobiography, My Gorgeous Life, appeared on the nonfiction list--actively invites speculation about reality and fantasy, male and female. With her "natural wisteria" hair and her harlequin eyeglasses, Dame Edna was the first solo performer to sell out the most famous theater in England, and she also took the United States by storm, filling theaters from coast to coast. Hilarious and malign, polite and rude, highbrow and very low, the character Barry Humphries inhabits is a bundle of contradictions. John Lahr, the son of another comic genius, takes us behind the scenes to investigate how a provincial dandy from Melbourne transformed himself into one of the most unlikely megastars of today. In showing the connection between Humphries's comedy and the life it parodies, Dame Edna Everage and the Rise of Western Civilisation goes beyond reportage to an exploration of the nature of comedy, a subject that Lahr has pursued over the years in his acclaimed biographies of Bert Lahr, Noël Coward, and Joe Orton. Richly entertaining and engagingly written, this book is an anecdotal treatise on the nature of comedy and an absorbing inquiry into what makes us laugh.

Edition Notes

Originally published: Bloomsbury, 1991.

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
792.7092

The Physical Object

Pagination
[xi],242p.,8p. of plates ;
Number of pages
242

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL22827427M
Internet Archive
dameednaeverager00lahr
ISBN 10
0586092536
OCLC/WorldCat
27895162
Library Thing
498068
Goodreads
4548833
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