But then Offerman’s Ignatius returns to rise above it all with an outlandish pronouncement, a verboten thought or a critical look — until finally, gloriously, he makes his final break from this mad, mad world.A Huntington Theater Company presentation, by special arrangement with Robert Guza & John Hardy with Martian Entertainment & Steven Soderbergh, of a play in two acts by Jeffrey Hatcher, based on the novel by John Kennedy Toole. Sets, Riccardo Hernandez; costumes, Michael Krass; lighting, Scott Zielinski; sound, Mark Bennett and Charles Coes; music director, Wayne Barker; projections, Sven Ortel; production stage manager, Emily H. Nick Offerman, Anita Gillette, Julie Halston, Phillip James Brannon, Ed Peed, Stephanie Di Maggio, Arnie Burton, Paul Melendy, Talene Monahon, Steve Rosen, Stacey Yen, Lusia Strus, Lonnie Farmer, Wayne Barker, David L. Of course, that risks challenging the book’s fans, who are devoted to each eccentric character and meandering episode.
At the heart of the rambling tale is the relationship between Ignatius, a fastidious, hygienically-challenged, imperious outsider, and his doting, exasperated, muscatel-loving mother (Anita Gillette, wonderful at being looney, warm and conflicted.) Circling, converging and ultimately piling up on stage are the denizens of NOLA: Claude Robichaux (Ed Peed, splendid), an elderly gentleman who courts Mrs.
Riley with his Southern Comfort charms; the inept Patrolman Mancusco (Paul Melendy) on pervert patrol; the beleaguered Mr.
Miss Annie Miss Annie is a neighbor of the Reillys who yells at Ignatius when he is loud or playing his lute. Levy about the main trauma of Ignatius’s childhood—not the death of his father, but the death of his dog.
Santa Battaglia Santa Battaglia is Patrolman Mancuso’s aunt who becomes friends with Irene Reilly and tries to fix her up with Claude Robichaux.
She listens to Ignatius’s long Greyhound Bus story to get him to buy drinks. Gonzalez hires Ignatius because he is desperate for help, and believing he is superior, makes all the changes Ignatius demands.
Her dream is to be a dancer, and she convinces Lana Lee to let her do a musical number with a cockatoo bird who strips off her clothes. He is the only reliable worker there and the only one who cares about the company. Gonzalez is overly tolerant and democratic to a fault. He comes from Nebraska, and his folks send him money to live on in New Orleans so he won’t come home.
An anonymous, omniscient narrator unrelated to any of the characters tells A Confederacy of Dunces primarily in the past tense.
There are, however, a series of first-person entries in the protagonist Ignatius' self-serving and pretentious "Journal of a Working Boy" and strident letters between him and his activist former girlfriend, Myrna Mirkoff.
Santa is a wild grandmother who likes to dress and dance in a sexy manner. She tries to teach Irene how to be alluring and get back into the dating scene. Clyde is the cranky owner of Paradise Vendors, a hot dog company.
She is the one who encourages Irene to put Ignatius into a mental hospital. He hires Ignatius because he is desperate but has to threaten him to get him to work.
He decides to get back at Lana Lee through sabotage, and helps set her up for a police bust.