Beau Jest: On Stage at 2nd Space in Fresno

by Terrance V. Mc Arthur

Beau Jest has nothing to do with the French Foreign Legion. Beau Geste was a 1924 P. C. Wren novel (repeatedly adapted for the screen) about English brothers who end up in the Foreign Legion. A beau geste is a grand and honorable gesture or act. A beau is a boyfriend. A jest is a joke. Beau Jest, now playing at the Good Company Players’ Second Space, is James Sherman’s comic play about a nice Jewish girl trying to fool her parents by hiring an actor to pretend to be her non-existent Jewish-doctor boyfriend. I hope that clears up any misunderstandings. Be prepared for a quiz later.