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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 And this is leaving completely aside the issues of outdated references and obsolete language.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

Where to get feedback on a French play?

My friend is a French expat living in the USA and is almost finished writing a play--in French. She is looking for some feedback on her work from people who are decent speakers of French and know enough about writing for theater, or fiction in general, but it's been surprisingly difficult to find such people. Do you have any ideas for helping her find such people? [more inside]
posted by ropeladder on Mar 2, 2014 - 4 answers

Short plays for a very small theater company?

What are some great, dramatic, one- or two-act plays that work with three or fewer actors and require minimal stagecraft? [more inside]
posted by jbickers on Aug 14, 2013 - 15 answers

What play is this?

In high school theater class, two of my class mates performed a dialogue which, if I remember correctly, involved a street hustler telling his roomate "You get a cold ass from sitting in the fuckin' tub!" For the life of me I can't figure out what play/movie this is from. Any suggestions?
posted by ladypants on Feb 22, 2013 - 3 answers

MORE LIKE Lucille Lortel, please

Dear NYC-Hive: Visiting in Feb and would like to find listings of theatres whose offerings are like Lucille Lortel Theater in the Village. Would prefer Manhattan locations (over other boroughs). They just did "Volpone" and are doing "She Stoops to Conquer" soon. But they also do new works as well. What are similar theaters? And bonus points if you can give me a link to calendar/listings.
posted by nancoix on Jan 2, 2013 - 5 answers

Looking for theatre plays with important light prop

I'm looking for major theatrical plays, set no later than 1950, that feature a lamp, flashlight, or other luminous prop as important to the story. If possible, please summarize the prop's usage including where in the story the prop is used. Thanks in advance!
posted by landonmoon on Nov 12, 2012 - 10 answers

Cultural Outreach in the Greater LA Area?

Tips for finding out about diplomatic cultural outreach events in greater L.A. area? [more inside]
posted by bswinburn on Oct 18, 2012 - 6 answers

Retail Broadway?

Play based on Retail [more inside]
posted by Query on May 14, 2012 - 9 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

Plays for Women: Suggestions?

Anyone know of some Strong Comedies for a mostly female cast? I'm looking for something that laughs easy but isn't campy and has some underlying substance to it. Suggestions?
posted by docholiday1307 on Mar 19, 2012 - 11 answers

Help me choose a show to get tickets to for her birthday in August.

My girlfriend loves musicals. Help me choose a show to get tickets to for her birthday in August. I'm new to Atlanta, and I also don't know much about musicals. I'm in need of some help and suggestions on where and for what to get tickets. I'm open to any ideas those with knowledge of these things (musicals and Atlanta) may have. Thanks!
posted by rbf1138 on Jul 11, 2011 - 8 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

Recent plays?

What plays from the last 50-odd years should I read? Satire, black comedy, or scathing political criticism a plus. Also plays challenging the bounds of normal theater. [more inside]
posted by beerbajay on Dec 14, 2009 - 47 answers

Precocious Children in Plays

I'm looking for plays about precocious children. [more inside]
posted by stray on Jun 26, 2009 - 16 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

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

Culture me for cheap!

Help me pick out the best play, opera, lecture and art exhibit to see this winter in NYC. I'm a lowly wage slave who can't shell out $300 to see every Broadway sensation that comes to town, so I'd like to attend one incredible event in each category with a high return-on-awesome factor so I can walk away cultured but not impoverished. [more inside]
posted by zoomorphic on Dec 11, 2008 - 12 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

Saved From Drowning

Where can I find a copy of the play by René Fauchois that Jean Renoir's film Boudou Saved From Drowning (Boudu sauvé des eaux) is based on? Does an English translation exist? [more inside]
posted by StopMakingSense on Sep 22, 2007 - 3 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

What are the copyright rules governing a stage adaptation?

What copyright issues are associated with writing a stage adaptation of a classic 1950's horror story? [more inside]
posted by raygan on Aug 25, 2006 - 11 answers

What should I do with my play?

I've written a play. What should I do with it? [more inside]
posted by scarylarry on Jun 27, 2006 - 12 answers

Did Shakespeare even have an agent even?

Looking for an agent for my playwrighting. [more inside]
posted by Astro Zombie on Feb 23, 2006 - 9 answers

Finding a production of a play.

Is there a good resource (online or not) to find out if a given theatrical production is running, anytime in the near future, anywhere in the country (USA/Canada)? [more inside]
posted by mto on Oct 16, 2005 - 7 answers

Directing novice actors

I'm directing The Vagina Monologues here at my university. Rehearsals are going well, for the most part. The younger women, all students, mostly theater students, listen when I speak, take direction well, and are basically a dream to work with. My problems are with the older women, who are all professors or health care professionals who have never acted before(MI). [more inside]
posted by cilantro on Dec 12, 2004 - 17 answers

Help my theatre company pick our next play (must be written prior to the 20th century)

My theatre company is trying to pick our next play. We only produce "classics," but we have a broad definition of the term: basically, the play must be written prior to the 20th Century. [more inside]
posted by grumblebee on Nov 30, 2004 - 24 answers

Is there a review aggregator for London theatre?

I'm about to head off to London and I want to see some good, serious theatre. I'm VERY careful about what I see (theatre being expensive), and I like to read many reviews first. Instead of buying 30 newspapers and magazines, is there a site somewhere that collects or links to multiple reviews of each current show?

PS. I'm really looking for reviews, but if you want to recommend a specific show, please note that I prefer classics to modern plays. And I really like classics when they're done withOUT any obvious conceptual twist (i.e. I DON'T want to see "Hamlet" set on the moon.)
posted by grumblebee on Apr 30, 2004 - 8 answers

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