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Patricia Routledge plays an aging, unmarried, utterly unremarkable store clerk, who hides a kinky private life that has evolved so innocently that she scarcely knows what's what in Alan Bennett's Talking Heads 2: Miss Fozzard Finds Her Feet.

Miss Fozzard's previous chiropodist attended her toes on old newspaper, while Mr. Dunderdale, Miss Fozzard's new foot-care specialist, employs a large silk handkerchief. And that's just the beginning. Dunderdale is past retirement age but can't keep his hands out of the profession that permits him to "kneel at the feet of thousands of women."

The rest of Miss Fozzard's life is occupied with the ordeal of her brother, a stroke victim who eventually falls prey to a too-attentive physical therapist from Australia. And then there is her work life in soft furnishings at a local department store, where the most riveting topic of conversation concerns a colleague's spouse who goes in for historical reenactments of the Puritan period.

It's a domestic but decidedly deranged universe that Bennett concocts better than anyone since Gogol.

Alan Bennett, a theatrical genius of complete originality, complexity of thought and creative vigor has played many roles in show business, including actor, director, playwright and lyricist. He earned an Academy Award nomination (in 1995) for his screen adaptation of his hit play The Madness of King George. But he is probably best known as a member of the sixties satirical revue "Beyond the Fringe," with Dudley Moore, Jonathan Miller, and Peter Cook. Made up of skits, parodies, songs and monologues on subjects such as nuclear holocaust, the cold war and capital punishment, the review made instant celebrities of the group.

In a review in the London Observer, Ian Parker wrote, "[Talking Heads is] full of accidental wit, spoken to camera in the tone of a person encountered in a bus queue, someone keen to talk...You get a lot of acting for your money in Talking Heads."

Said Gillian Reynolds in the Daily Telegraph, "Miss Fozzard's tale of unlikely erotica, told in six small scenes, is as full as a novel, ripe as an apple, a miniature masterpiece."


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