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Re: Walking Out of a Play
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.0747  Tuesday, 11 April 2000.

[1]     From:   Jeffery Myers <
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        Date:   Monday, 10 Apr 2000 09:22:47 -0400
        Subj:   RE: SHK 11.0724 Walking Out of a Play

[2]     From:   Harry Hill <
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        Date:   Monday, 10 Apr 2000 09:27:10 EDT
        Subj:   Re: SHK 11.0724 Walking Out of a Play


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From:           Jeffery Myers <
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Date:           Monday, 10 Apr 2000 09:22:47 -0400
Subject: 11.0724 Walking Out of a Play
Comment:        RE: SHK 11.0724 Walking Out of a Play

> How about this Shakespearean standard for deciding whether or not to
> walk out on a production: when Hippolyta (clearly speaking for the
> others in the onstage audience) is bored by the mechanicals'
> performance
> ("I am aweary of this moon.  Would he would change!"), she is lessoned
> by Theseus, who agrees with her assessment of their theatrical
> experience but not her proposed action: "It appears, by his
> small light
> of discretion, that he is in the wane; but yet, in courtesy, in all
> reason, we must stay the time."

I don't mind, as long as the company lets me decide how much to pay them
at the end of the performance.

Jeff Myers

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From:           Harry Hill <
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Date:           Monday, 10 Apr 2000 09:27:10 EDT
Subject: 11.0724 Walking Out of a Play
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.0724 Walking Out of a Play

When I was young {groan} in the forties and fifties it was perfectly
common for members of an audience to shout "Speak Up". Even in
charity-challenged Aberdeen there was, despite having forked out good
money for a seat, often a bit of an exodus after Act One, and
occasionally during it.

Even as an actor myself, I feel no need for the courtesy you mention
unless there are friends in the cast.

Harry Hill
Montreal
 

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