|By gary dover (Ggdover) on Thursday, May 11, 2000 - 07:35 pm:|
Gertie & Luke, 102 pp. comedy by Gary Dover
GERTIE & LUKE live a life of pampered luxury as the children of JOHN CASTLE, shoe magnate of the worlds’ largest shoe company Castle Shoes. Their father has kept his darling children secluded from the real world for the past twenty years due to a mental condition that wreaks chaos everytime they venture out.
As small children, Gertie & Luke idolized their invalid mother. They watched classic movies and old newsreels with her in bed. The tragic circumstances that followed their mother’s death resulted in a mental condition that caused both Gertie & Luke to speak in the voices of famous movie stars and historical figures from the past.
As the children grow into adulthood, John Castle, has decided it is time for Gertie & Luke to confront the world regardless of their mental handicap and go to work. The Mall of America in Minneapolis is the setting. Employees and customers are presented with the two zaniest shoe clerks in the history of retail.
Gertie speaks in the voices of Mae West, Bette Davis, Katherine Hepburn, Indira Gandhi, etc...while her crazy brother Luke imitates Humphrey Bogart, Edward G. Robinson, Cary
Grant, John Wayne, Winston Churchill, etc...
Gertie & Luke cause chaos in a local comedy club, blow up a van, rescue children on a Ferris Wheel, sink a boat in the tunnel of love, and fly ultralight airplanes in a crazy mock air battle with their two new love interests DIANE and TOM.
A disgruntled ex-employee, AMOS CRENSHAW, a pig-faced antagonist, has vowed to destroy the entire Castle family. This redneck villain is thwarted at every turn by Gertie & Luke until the last act when Amos puts together a sinister plan that results in the kidnapping of John Castle, fellow employees, and endangers the lives of the entire population of Minneapolis.
A supporting cast of characters include JAMES, the English butler, KASSIE, a lesbian assistant to Mr. Castle, OSCAR, a nervous shoe store manager, SOOKIE a squeaky voiced assistant manager, and an odd assortment of walk on characters who must interact in the lives of Gertie & Luke.
|By Alan A. Armer (Alana) on Monday, May 15, 2000 - 06:03 pm:|
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