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30 January 2015 @ 09:11 pm
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What kind of stupidheaded line is "A Midsummer Night's Dream may be a comedy, but it is a cleverly constructed one"?

It may be a comedy - but don't worry guys, we can still take it seriously! It's okay, don't be scared!


In less ranty remarks - seeing these Globe clips makes me sad that I didn't like this production, because I thought it started well… (Though I'm pretty sure I just don't like Pearce Quigley - who played Bottom; he's been in a couple of Globe productions, and he just says all of his lines in pretty much the exact same almost-monotone in an attempt to be funny.)

--Just out of curiosity, are there any "fairy experts" who are not Diane Purkiss? (I just remember being so disappointed in her book At the Bottom of the Garden…so much of it seemed to be about Scottish witch trials, in ways that weren't especially helpful.)

--Wait, did Hugh Bonneville just say that Shakespeare's father was the mayor of Stratford-upon-Avon? That is not even a thing that is TRUE. How hard is it to fact-check?

--At least Julie Taymor takes Helena seriously; that is sadly rare in this poor world.

--what's this? Is Hugh Bonneville talking about verse forms and rhyme??? Actual discussion of language? Wonders never cease.
a_t_raina_t_rain on January 31st, 2015 04:14 pm (UTC)
Did they show any clips of the Taymor production? I SO want to see that, and I'm keeping my fingers crossed there will be a DVD release.
tempestsarekind: all the world's a stagetempestsarekind on January 31st, 2015 06:08 pm (UTC)
No full clips - the series is remarkably bad at clips; they're constantly talking over them or cutting back to the face of the host watching the clips, like we might get terribly disoriented if we don't see the host every thirty seconds - but they did show some filmed material. I don't know if that means they'd gone in with a camera especially for the episode, or whether the entire production had been filmed.
a_t_raina_t_rain on January 31st, 2015 08:13 pm (UTC)
It's all been filmed, apparently, and screened at a few film festivals, but I have no idea whether there are plans for a wider release or a DVD or anything. Keeping my fingers crossed. (I found the Globe version underwhelming too, although Michelle Terry was awesome as usual.)
tempestsarekind: thomas kenttempestsarekind on January 31st, 2015 11:27 pm (UTC)
Fingers crossed indeed!

I think one of the reasons I was disappointed in the Globe production is that I had been looking forward to it quite a bit - Michelle Terry is great! I have high hopes for the upcoming Globe As You Like It, in which she's been cast as Rosalind.
the cold geniusangevin2 on January 31st, 2015 08:02 pm (UTC)
I always feel like I'm such a terrible scholar when I read your posts! I'm one of those history-and-performance people who ruins everything for everyone.
tempestsarekindtempestsarekind on January 31st, 2015 11:24 pm (UTC)
…But history and performance are good and important? I just think Shakespeare's language almost always gets left out of these kinds of shows (which is weird, because the words are kind of important to the performance…).