March of Awakened Warriors: Craziest Trigger Alert Ever… London Play About Hollywood’s Groucho Marx ‘Contains Prop Cigars’
- East London’s Arcola Theater sends out trigger warning against Groucho Marx play
- Dinner with Groucho imagines Marx meeting writer TS Eliot
- The ticket holder said: “Content warning: contains use of haze and prop cigars”
Groucho Marx, with his bushy mustache and ever-present cigar, is one of the most famous stars in Hollywood history.
But in what may be the most ridiculous and unnecessary content warning ever, audiences of a new stage show about wisecracking comic actors have been warned that it features “prop cigars.”
Arcola Theater in East Dalston LondonThe Marx Brothers and the American writer T.
The warning reads: “Welcome to dinner with Groucho… A similar notice is posted on the auditorium door.
Beyond jokes: Groucho with his trademark cigar now gets warning notice
A spokeswoman for Arcola (pictured) said the warning was in line with official advice.
Steve Bennett, editor of comedy website Chortle, said: Of course, the play about the comic genius was going to feature cigars.
‘What next? Warning that Tommy Cooper tribute act may include fez? Or could the Ken Dodd impersonation include a harrowing scene of stick tickling?”
Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes added:
Maureen Lippmann said, “A Groucho Marx without a cigar is like a footballer without a tattoo. It should be a lit cigar. I’m going to stage Look Back In Anger with a gaslight warning.” Where do these warnings end?”
One audience member who attended the show last week reported that several prop cigars were used in the performance, but were not actually lit.
Dinner with Groucho, written by Irish playwright Frank McGuinness, was inspired by the real-life friendship between Marx and Eliot.
The Marx brothers, sons of German immigrants to New York.Left to right: Leonard or Chico, Herbert or Zeppo, Julius Henry or Groucho, Adolph or Harpo
In 1961, they began correspondence when the poet Eliot sent Marx a fan letter asking for a signed photo. After three years, they finally had dinner together.
A new play starring Coronation Street actor Ian Bartholomew as Groucho imagines that encounter.
A spokeswoman for Arcola said the warning was in line with official advice.
she said: “Governmental Health and Safety Office recommends that entertainment venues using smoke or haze in their productions print warnings on their tickets or post warning notices on their premises. is standard practice.
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