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In The Three Legged Stool, three timeless individuals shelter from a storm. One of them has encountered a mysterious lost boy, who has been abused and then literally thrown away, lying among the weeds and filth.
As with his earlier play Cordelia, Lear is invoked, storm-lashed yet generous in his pity for the other 'houseless wretches' such as Poor Tom. The difference between one who cares and one whose need makes him cruel and selfish—a universal human difference—is dissolved in the end by the desperate coupling that keeps cold and loneliness at bay.
Daniel Keene's collaboration with director Ariette Taylor—the Keene/Taylor Theatre Project—was critically acclaimed both locally and overseas.
The Three Legged Stool was performed as part of the KTTP Season 11 under the title of The Funniest Man in the World at Grant St Theatre, 26 April—13 May. Director, Ariette Taylor; Designer, Adrienne Chisolm; Lighting Designer, Shane Grant; Stage Manager, Angela Hicks. Cast: Marco Chiappi, Lewis Fiander, Stewart Morritt.
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