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The Mousetrap

weather: clear, slight cloud
outside: 19°C
mood: okay

We got back from watching The Mousetrap a while ago. I didn't know a lot about it, so even just reading the program before the play started was really interesting. It first opened in London in 1952 and is still playing. It is the longest running play in the world with Guiness World records for "Most Durable Actor" and number of performances, etc.

The story itself was very good, fairly twisty and turny. You're never quite sure of any of the characters and eyebrow-raising things are revealed about them every once in a while.

Now, if I can get Husband Guy to go see Bard on the Beach with me... or an opera or a ballet. Bard on the Beach is a good possibility, but the operas and ballets are more expensive.

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Jul. 14th, 2002 10:11 am (UTC)
I've had this sudden love of plays. I'm going to see Much Ado About Nothing with some friends on teh 30th.
Jul. 14th, 2002 10:49 am (UTC)
Heh, I hated studying plays and novels in English Lit. at school. But outside of school, I loved them because it was not forced reading, purely self-motivated and the stories are actually very enjoyable.

I've found it easier to watch a play or a movie version first. The written text then suddenly just COMES ALIVE and you realize just how much better the book/play actually is and how the movie sucked.

My teachers being Lit. Snobs always insisted that we had to read the original text first.

Well, not understanding the stage direction and having trouble with the language, it was all a piece of shit to me. Shakespeare wrote some really culturally and temporally specific things. And it wasn't until I SAW a play that I understood when characters were entering, exiting and exeunting.
Jul. 14th, 2002 12:34 pm (UTC)
Exactly. It's not just the flowery language he uses... a lot of it is archaic and there are a lot of puns and cultural jokes that wouldn't make any sense to an a modern day anglophone in the new millenium. It would be like directly translating an idiom from another language, with no clue as to why it means what it does!
Jul. 15th, 2002 12:38 pm (UTC)
And am I the only one who thinks his sexual innuendo is just dumb and not the least bit funny?

I think the one thing that keeps me from being much of a fan of Shakespeare is that he copied his plays from other stories (verbatim sometimes). Almost none of them were his own original work. It's just that there were no lawyers and copyright law enforcement back then.
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