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Waiting for Guffman 1996 ****

While Spinal Tap’s brilliant lampooning of rock excess has produced a pop-cultural phenomenon, writer and director Christopher Guest’s career high is arguably his 1996 consideration of the vanity and pathos of local theatre. Guest makes Corky St Clair, a temperamental theatre director from Blaine, Missouri with delusions of grandeur, into a classic comedy character, with support from many of the same performers who made Best in Show and A Mighty Wind so enjoyable. From Fred Willard and Catherine O’Hara’s startling re-imaging of Midnight at the Oasis to romantic duet A Penny for Your Thoughts, the pitch perfect rendition of am-dram is a delight in Guest’s capable hands.

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