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Appreciating the Density of Shakespeare in Real Time

Shakespeare's plays are so densely rich and full of deep philosophy and wordplay (e.g. throwaway allusions which open - and, a line or two later, shut - huge worlds of insightful ideas) that I find it quite impossible to parse (much less absorb) all of what's being said and alluded to in real-time. And this is leaving completely aside the issues of outdated references and obsolete language. So: is it that people back then had nimbler minds, capable of absorbing densely-packed language in real time by rapidly spieling actors? Or.......? [more inside]
posted by Quisp Lover on Mar 13, 2014 - 26 answers

Ace plays for table readings

Week-long cottage holiday with friends coming up. We're planning a table reading. Last year's "Macbeth and margaritas" night was a roaring success, but we want to branch out. Recommend us some great plays! [more inside]
posted by stuck on an island on Feb 13, 2013 - 11 answers

No one came to the audition. What to do?

My friend is trying to stage his own play at a fringe festival. But when he held auditions, hardly anyone came. What should he do? [more inside]
posted by steinsaltz on May 11, 2012 - 14 answers

Who are the best playwrights of the last fifteen years or so?

What are the best plays written in the last fifteen years? [more inside]
posted by prior on Mar 26, 2011 - 18 answers

Videos of plays?

Is there an archive somewhere that has films of specific productions of plays? [more inside]
posted by prior on May 19, 2009 - 6 answers

Playing with fire? No, plays about fire!

Sort of a two-part question, though answering the first part will help me answer the second. First, does anyone know of a (preferably online) way to search for plays by topic or subject matter? Searching for title keywords is sometimes useful but not ideal, and I haven't been able to make the search functions at the major playhouses' websites play nicely either. Second, in particular, I'm looking for plays about, referencing, or otherwise related to fire, smoke, etc. Any thoughts on either? [more inside]
posted by hatta on Apr 3, 2009 - 9 answers

Drama, drama everywhere...but not a play in sight?

Help me find free age appropriate plays/skits/acting exercises for my 6 year old. [more inside]
posted by dejah420 on Jan 19, 2009 - 8 answers

Looking for trial scenes...

Looking for plays with courtroom/trial scenes. [more inside]
posted by jrb223 on Jun 10, 2008 - 24 answers

Unperformable plays?

What well-known (or lesser-known) plays are written intentionally so as to be unperformable -- only readable as scripts? I'm thinking stage directions along the lines of pulls out a handgun and fires at random into the audience, or that instruct the actors to walk on the ceiling, or specification in the dramatis personae that goats are to be cast in speaking parts. Who's employed this device to the greatest artistic effect?
posted by electric water kettle on Dec 25, 2007 - 24 answers

Good high school plays?

What plays did you love performing when you were in your high school drama club? [more inside]
posted by HeroZero on Aug 4, 2007 - 41 answers

Comprehensive Shakespeare Experience

I would like to see all 37 of Shakespears plays (unabridged), what is the easiest, cheapest, way to do this?
posted by phrontist on Dec 7, 2004 - 21 answers

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