Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The Three Sisters by Bryan Taylor #Excerpt #Humor #Politics

Mrs. Ram had insisted that this be their first stop since cemeteries had been her life’s work, but she was distinctly disappointed when they got there. “Looks just like something a government bureacracy’d do,” commented Mrs. Ram. “Our cemetery was much nicer than this. At least our people felt at home.” At JFK’s gravesite, the group saw the cracked circular stone with a flame coming forth from the center which lay atop his grave. “Freud would have loved this memorial,” K commented to break up the solemnity of the occasion. “A true tribute to JFK’s extracurricular activities here on earth.”
“I have a dream,” revealed Regina at their next stop, the Lincoln Memorial, as the Rams read the Gettysburg Address. “I’ve always wanted to do a musical interpretation of the Emancipation Proclamation here. Abraham Lincoln and Harriett Beecher Stowe would tap dance together like Fred and Ginger accompanied by four-score-and-seven dancers representing the Union soldiers, Confederate soldiers and black slaves. It would be a large production similar to ‘The Continental’ or ‘The Lullaby of Broadway’ with the soldiers and slaves dancing up and down the steps of the Lincoln Memorial while Abe Lincoln and Harriett Beecher Stowe tripped the lights fantastic in front of his statue. They would sing “I Got Freedom” using the song “I Got Rhythm” for the tune. Busby Berkeley would be proud.”
“I told her we should follow in the footsteps of Ives and have ‘The Battle Hymn of the Republic’ and ‘Dixie’ intermix and battle with each other in the music,” interjected Coito. “If we can’t do that, we could push FDR down the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in his wheelchair. I think Eisenstein would have liked that.”
“Just look at it here. The Lincoln Memorial was built for a giant musical number, anybody can see that. Unfortunately, the National Parks Service has no artistic vision,” sighed Regina.
Nuns just want to have fun! But when three former Catholic nuns have too much fun and get in trouble with the law, they become nuns on the run.
Driving back to Washington D.C. where they work at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Parts, the three sisters are arrested in Tennessee. After defeating the local deputy in strip poker, they escape from jail, and are pursued by the zealous Detective Schmuck Hole, who has personally offered a $10,000 reward for their capture on The 700 Club. Little do they know that when the three sisters visit the Washington Monument, their lives will change forever.
Set in 1979, The Three Sisters is a sacrilegious satire that skewers not only organized religion, but the government, the media, intellectuals, corporate greed and every other part of the establishment. Maybe not the greatest story ever told, but possibly the funniest.
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Genre – Humor, Satire, Catholicism, Politics
Rating – R
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