Sunday, May 11, 2008


and proof thereof.

It never ceases to amaze me how some people judge plays.

I mentioned that I enjoyed 'The Two Gentlemen of Verona' more than I've enjoyed 'Hamlet' for a long time - and someone suggested my wits were crumbling.

Then I remembered me - of course, his is a judgement based on the book, not the performance.

How many people actually sit through a performance of Hamlet and come out of it able to say, 'I enjoyed that'?

As an imaginary percentage, if one were to compare the 'enjoyment' in a a performance of 'A Midsummer Nights Dream' to 'Hamlet', which would win?

Puddings are judged in the mouth, not the recipe book - plays should be judged in the theatre, not the script.

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Gedaly said...

I concur!

Alan K.Farrar said...

Thank you - I think I might be curdling some people's good opinion of me - but, curds and Whey!

(I've another like this brewing to do with Multiple Intelligences and the appreciation of Shakespeare ...)