When does nostalgia turn into narcissism?
When the surviving members of the cast of “Monty Python’s Flying Circus,” which originally ran on the BBC between 1969 and 1974, recently announced plans to give their first public performances as a group since 1982, tickets for the opening-night show sold out in 431/2 seconds. It’s not known whether the comedians will be doing any new material, but I doubt it. That’s not why people come to this kind of event, after all. They come for much the same reason that they came to Broadway in 2005 to see Eric Idle’s musical stage version of “Spamalot”: to applaud their lost youth. Hence they don’t want to see anything new, though they’ll put up with it if absolutely necessary.