Wednesday, December 14, 2022

The Casting Couch

Edwin Booth as Hamlet

You may have seen the Renewal by Anderson. commercial on CNN. A balding spokesman for the windows division of Renewal by Anderson is touting the virtues of a company that takes charge of all the stages of your window job (where other suppliers send you to someone who deals with the frame or pane, which is a pain, when there’s a problem). But many actors get into commercials not only for the cash but because these function as a kind of audition. The aging couple in the Mesoothelioma commercial are the perfect example. The man could easily be cast as Willy Loman with his female counterpart as Linda, the wife. But wouldn’t the guy in Windows by Anderson be the perfect Horatio, the counselor to the troubled young prince, whose problem may actually have been window replacement (if you look at windows as a metaphor for seeing the world.)? Get it? Get it? "Nudge-Nudge Wink-Wink Say no more," Monty Python used to say. And if the bald-headed spokesman for Windows by Anderson is Horatio, is the other fellow he's advising, Hamlet? Maybe the play within a play should be called The Windows Division of Renewal by Hamlet. What a great title for a Broadway show! It’s long and awkward and theater goers who don’t watch CNN won’t get the joke, but…”

read "Why Big German Words Like Vergangenbangenheit Carry Weight?" by Francis Levy, HuffPost

and watch the trailer for Erotomania

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