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measure for measure; farm tour

Busy weekend! Yesterday after brunch at Borrego D'Oro, Andy and I hanged out at Borders to read. And I read some of Neil Gaiman's Endless Nights.

Then we went to Winedale to watch their dress rehearsal of Shakepeare's Measure to Measure. This is apparently one of Shakepeare's "problem plays", which I take it to mean that it will probably suck. I liked it ok.. except the ending was very unsatisfactory. Anyways, I'm glad we went out to see it, as the day was beautifully gray and cloudy, and it was nice being outside.

Today we went on a farm tour with the Wheatsville co-op. The farm was near Elgin. There was a delicious spread, and I got to see a rooster. That made me realize that I hadn't seen a real live chicken for a long time, which seems wrong since I eat chicken all the time.

I saw a pile of bell pepper plants, upside down, in a mess and asked the farmer about it. He said that it was time for the plants to go. Basically, he grows them during winter time in the greenhouses.. but during the summer, they are so cheap that it isn't worth the time and money. I brought 2 of them home, and was happy to see others bringing home some of those "useless" plants.

Later tonight we're going to have another "Roach" gaming night.


Jun. 25th, 2007 02:34 am (UTC)
you say modern sensibilities... you think that the audience in that time would've enjoyed it more?

Jun. 25th, 2007 02:14 pm (UTC)
Let's say, I think Shakespeare's original audience would not have been bothered as much. If nothing else, we moderns are saddled with 400 years of tradition* that Shakespeare is Great Writing, so when we come across stories that don't seem satisfactory qua stories, they're "problems" for us; I think contemporary audiences could have simply accepted that sometimes stories don't.

As a sort of an analogy, "The Sopranos" certainly had problems with moral ambiguity, and clearly didn't end with a satisfactory resolution. We contemporaries can (and do) argue about whether the final ending was good, bad, a cop-out, or ruined the show; but we haven't inherited a received wisdom that says "The Sopranos" is Great Writing, so we don't get the same cognitive dissonance.

And then again again, some people actually like "Measure for Measure," so there's no hard and fast arguing over tastes. All part of why they're called "problem plays" instead of "bad plays" or "Shakespeare's Mistakes" :-)

* Yes, I'm aware there were times in between when Shakespeare's corpus almost disappeared, and times when it was perfectly kosher to adapt, change, and re-arrange. I exaggerate for emphasis.