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August 27th, 2004
11:44 pm


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you go to a show...
Saw "The Compleat Wllm Shkspr (Abridged)". Fun.

Things I have not seen in any Shakespeare performance before tonight:

  • Silly String
  • Sean Connery as McDuff
  • Optimus Prime
  • Godzilla
  • Baby Got Back
  • Yoda
  • tapdancing, juggling, concertina-playing stage hand
  • I am not left handed
  • sock puppet Murder of Gonzago
  • "Agent" Laertes vs The One From Denmark.

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Date:August 28th, 2004 07:34 am (UTC)
That sounds like So Much Fun. Is this the same sort of "Compleat..." they used to (maybe still do?) put on in a park somewhere in Boston/Allston? I kept meaning to see it and then moved away before I ever did.
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Date:August 28th, 2004 05:37 pm (UTC)
I never saw the one you're describing, but I certainly imagine it could be - not to spoil much, but they lumped all the comedies together into one play, they lumped all the histories together into a football game, which gave them a bunch of tragedies to spend real time on.

R&J, of course got some good attention, and "The Scottish Play" right up there behind it.

And they pretty much burned through everything in under an hour - oh, but we forgot Hamlet. So they spent the second act doing Hamlet, then doing it faster, then doing it backwards.

Seemed like certain things were "personalized" to the group I saw performing it, but I'm not sure about that. There was a measure of audience participation, which was fun, too.

If you do get a chance to see it, I give it four stars out of four. Maybe minus a half star for the dozen or so teenaged drama geeks in front of me, but kids have to learn about Antony and Cleopatra somehow.
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Date:August 28th, 2004 02:23 pm (UTC)
I saw that years and years ago at the Old Globe here in San Diego and it was sooo much fun . . . wish they would do it again!
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Date:August 29th, 2004 10:12 am (UTC)
Optimus Prime!!!
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Date:August 29th, 2004 10:34 am (UTC)
Sort of a passing reference. But definitely there.
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