Dunces in a Confederacy Against Him

One of my absolute all-time favorite books is A Confederacy of Dunces. I laugh aloud at Ignatius. It’s an amazing thing to me for a book to actually make someone laugh aloud, to the point of eye rolling by others in the room. (Which may or may not have happened repeatedly the last time I read it). For those who haven’t read it, the book is a first novel, written by John Kennedy Toole and published posthumously, about a great blasphemous child-man who knows that he is simply too smart for his own good, but isn’t really. Him and his momma, and a seedy bar, and a pants factory. And it’s set in New Orleans, in the 60’s, with characters that are despicable and pitiful or conniving and hilarious, or all four.

I was thrilled to see that a stage adaptation of Confederacy is running right now at um, Theatrical Outfit, a group that I’m ashamed to say I had never heard of.  Even though they have been on Luckie Street in downtown since 2004, and has been running since 1974. Information on the show is here – warning, video automatically starts streaming, and CL review is here.  They’ve extended their run to September 12th. I plan on attending that last weekend – has anyone seen the show? Planning on it?

4 Comments so far

  1. Stephanie (locaboca) on August 30th, 2010 @ 8:50 am

    I’ve always felt like I’m lacking somehow because I could not make it through that book…and I’ve tried multiple times. I’ve never been to see anything at Theatrical Outfit but I’ve had several friends recommend it so you should enjoy it.


  2. Looie (unregistered) on September 5th, 2010 @ 4:04 am

    Read this book. I tried in my twenties when everyone was talking about it and just couldn’t stand the repulsive main character. Ten years later picked it up and it is my favorite book and I’ve read it twice now. JKToole manipulated my feelings so well by the end of that book I just had an undescribable affection for Ignatius. Brilliant.


  3. abby on September 20th, 2010 @ 9:36 am

    Looie, I did the same when I was a teenager – my parents thought it was the funniest thing they’d ever read and so naturally, I couldn’t stand it.

    The performance was amazing, by the way. And may be picked up for Broadway?! See http://www.accessatlanta.com/atlanta-events/outfits-dunces-adaptation-may-610861.html


  4. Stephanie (locaboca) on September 22nd, 2010 @ 4:37 pm

    Okay, I’m gonna give it another try.



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