Monday, March 4, 2013
Spraggle upon waggle
What I like about cats in picture books: you can put one on, say, a lightship, and have her walk on camera, eat her supper, look where you tell her to, sit expectantly, act startled, curl up, take a nap, all on cue.
But is there anyone bold enough to try to get a cat to do that live, on Broadway?
Read about such an attempt in a new staging of “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” here. “For he is docile and can learn certain things,” says Christopher Smart in his remarkable paean to his cat Jeoffry, and, “For he can spraggle upon waggle at the word of command.” Maybe yes, but still there are limits, and I hope that every illustrator who has ever blithely added a cat to a scene to give a page a little extra life will join me in wishing the Tiffany’s team good luck.
Illustration from Lightship.