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Re: Walking Out of a Play
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.0776  Wednesday, 12 April 2000.

From:           Stefan Kirby <
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Date:           Tuesday, 11 Apr 2000 22:59:51 -0700
Subject:        RE: 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 Meyers)
---

Precisely. Theseus  and Hippolyta were 'guests of honor'. They didn't
choose to go and pay to see a play. They merely humor the mechanicals,
who have the honor of performing for them.

    ~Stefan Kirby
 

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