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Best Bets: Rubber Chicken presents fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love and miracles

October 31, 2013

YellowBrix

Oct. 31--All together now: "Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die."

Rubber Chicken Theater presents cult classic "The Princess Bride" as part of its live-read series on Saturday at The Underground.

How it works: A cast of local actors and celebrities --this time it's Barbara Reyelts and Kevin Jacobsen of KBJR-TV -- read from a popular movie script. While they don't actually act it out, things promise to get dramatic -- if not hammy. (See also: Actor Nathan St. Germain as The Impressive Clergyman and the famous lines "Mawage. Mawage is what bwings us togeder today.")

"The Princess Bride" is a story of fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love and miracles as told by a grandfather to his grandson (played by Fred Savage in the movie from 1987). The story-within-a-story features a betrothed Buttercup, a kidnapping, and a childhood beau in the role of the hero.

Even before super-fans elevated the status of the movie, Ebert weighed in with a rave:

"... 'The Princess Bride' reveals itself as a sly parody of sword and sorcery movies, a film that somehow manages to exist on two levels at once: While younger viewers will sit spellbound at the thrilling events on the screen, adults, I think, will be laughing a lot."

Rubber Chicken's live read includes John Munson of Wisconsin Public Radio as the narrator.

Go see it

What: Rubber Chicken Theater's live read of "The Princess Bride"

When: 7 p.m. Saturday

Where: The Underground, 506 W. Michigan St.

Tickets: $15 at the door or the-underground.ticketleap.com

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