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Shakespeare and Philip, Who'd Have Thunk It!

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Today was another long and eventful day. Our B&B doesn't serve coffee until 8:00 and breakfast at 9:00. Getting up at 6:30, by 6:35 we'd be raving lunatics without coffee ... so we head to the local co-op to by coffee, banana and paper and have a lovely morning.

Ben's crew was doing a Change Over from the Two Trains Running set to Taming of the Shrew. They start at 9AM and the set has to be secured and ready for the 1:30 showing. Due to a snafu at the B&B we were a little late getting to the theater but Ben's crew was still hard at work preparing down stage. Below are some pictures of how the set comes together - Ben is in the yellow shirt.

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The stage is set and I assumed they're done. Nooooo, Ben tells us that where we are sitting is the vom and we'll need to move. We learned a vom is a pathway for actors to enter and leave stage. Two Trains didn't need a vom. The vom was covered and audience seats were bolted into place. Taming of the Shrew needed the vom - here's how it goes:
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By the time the stage was set and the vom opened; Philip was agog that this coney island setting was for a Shakespeare play and was kicking himself for not getting a ticket. He decided he'd go and would buy a ticket but Ben was able to comp him a seat. Later he told Ben and I it was the most fun he'd ever had not always understanding the dialogue.

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I went to see King Lear - done in the round - very intimate; only 6 rows of seats circling the stage. The staging was 2013. The props were primarily all kinds of lighting because in the play, sight is the ultimate metaphor.

I've been on the move since 6:30 and I'm beat. Good night.

Posted by ChinaBecky 21:11 Archived in USA

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