By taunting the pretentious "magnifico" that he could never match the grandeur of Oberon's table, Browne uses the fairy banquet to satirize
the inadequacies of the Spanish court, specifically denigrating Spanish attempts to impress Charles at Madrid in 1623.
Speaking of memorably over-the-top performances in plays that satirize
Manhattan liberals, Linda Lavin is currently bringing down the house in Charles Busch's The Tale of the Allergist's Wife, which has been extended at Manhattan Theatre Club.
Like recent critics of the genre, including Joanne Altieri and Kevin Sharpe, Lindley qualifies "univocal" readings of court masques and instead foregrounds these texts' ability to offer advice to the monarch, or even, as in the case of Momus in Carew's Coelum Britannicum (1634), satirize
the ethos of the court and mock recent royal policies.
The film wants to satirize
both our fixation on appearances and reality filmmaking, but its strained humor and litany of cliches add little to either topic.
Author Alan Moore used its concept - a bunch of characters from Victorian literature band together to prevent the destruction of turn-of- the-century London - to satirize
both the ideal of heroism and British Empire attitudes.
The only subject Larry could not bring himself to satirize
was the Holocaus t, which inspired some of his most moving later works.
The nomination became a lightning rod for the religious right, and Hormel, a patrician former dean of the University of Chicago Law School, was derided as anti-Catholic because of his support of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, a group whose members don drag to satirize
conservative elements in the Catholic Church.
Schnabel's self-conscious, intermittently beautiful movie about Basquiat's rapid rise and fall seemed prompted as much by the painter-turned-director's desire to satirize
the seductive and treacherous '80s art world as by his interest in Samo's psychological disintegration.
Its purpose is to satirize
, says the producer, not educate.
I'm surprised that, with so many astute people in the press, so many people missed the point of that, which was to sort of satirize
the very thing that was happening.
The next time Crystal and Tolan want to satirize
Hollywood, they should spend more time at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills and log fewer hours watching repeats of ``America's Funniest Home Videos.
Joe McCarthy sticks in Max's craw - he wants to pointedly satirize
the Communist witch hunts (Caesar eschewed attacking specific individuals with his comedy.
Arteta clearly wants to satirize
the way Hollywood stereotypes Latinos - the part he writes for Carlos on the soap opera, as a gardener with the hots for his housewife client - is ludicrously cliched - but he overdoes the satire, along with nearly everything else in the movie, which is full of random ideas and impulses that never coalesce into a clear tone or point of view.
Nowhere is his scathing outlook more evident than in his famous ``Los Caprichos,'' a series of engravings that satirize
the Spanish government, its leisure and lower classes and the Church.
But Madelene, who started out so promisingly, limps along in the second half of the book as little more than a sexual prop, her story, having tried so hard to satirize
the human condition, losing its bearings and ending up satirizing itself.