Take The Reason Prisoner

I am howling with laughter – to see something I wrote in the context of this post. Perfect! I can’t stop laughing!!!

I’ve personally never seen it but I would be curious how the play was done in one reel (roughly twenty minutes) anyway. Maybe someone with more experience in that area could explain it to me.

I think in order to cut something like Macbeth down to one reel, you must sacrifice all logic as well as art, you must have sword fights be relegated to one or two stabs, and it is also imperative that you raise the number of Mad Sisters to FIVE, instead of three. Because, yeah, Shakespeare probably MEANT there to be five witches … I’m sure he did.

I think everyone involved has et the insane RUHT, frankly.

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4 Responses to Take The Reason Prisoner

  1. Isn’t the Elizabethan spelling of five, t-h-r-e-e? I’m pretty sure it is. So your director was probably just a lot more scholarly than you give him credit for.

    That truly sounds like one production that would not have suffered from someone whistling backstage.

    I have a one act horror story myself that I will post just as soon as I can figure out how to equate a personal acting experience with movies. It was a production of The Monkey’s Paw and OH MY GOD was it a nightmare!

    I’m glad you liked the post.

  2. red says:

    Jonathan – hahahaha yeah, maybe the “director” had gotten hold of one of Shakespeare’s earlier drafts, which made it clear that there were FIVE witches.

    I love horror stories from the theatre – look forward to hearing yours!!

  3. Ken says:

    There may be some sort of Elizabethan Spinal Tap drummer joke that could be made with respect to the attrition among the witches…

    …but it will have to be someone cleverer than me what makes it.

  4. red says:

    //attrition among the witches//


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