The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.0776 Wednesday, 12 April 2000.
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'
>("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
>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.