Watch the three shorts playing Saturday during a silent movie marathon at the Garland’s Plaza Theatre, and you’ll understand why we still revere Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, and Laurel and Hardy. There won’t be any CG or loud explosions, just four masters of physical, expressive comedy doing their business to the sound of a tinkling piano. Sounds a bit dull for you, 3-D generation? Then you’ve never been amazed at the sight of Keaton hooking his arm on a speeding car or doing a delicate, acrobatic dance on a see-sawing ladder, grinned as Stan Laurel wrung laughs from a facial expression, or been simply overawed by Chaplin’s comic grace. Now’s your chance, you Philistine. Chaplin’s Payday, Keaton’s Cops and Laurel and Hardy’s Big Business are on a bill that also includes Our Gang shorts. The shows begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $2, and proceeds benefit Good Samaritans of Garland. The theater is located at 521 W. State St. on the square in Garland. See garlandarts.com for more details.
Sat., Oct. 5, 2013