Monday, May 27, 2013

Possibly Plagiaraism

Only one month till midsummer, saw an enchanting production of
"A Midsummer Night’s Dream”at our regional theatre yesterday. Music, lighting, diction, movement, costumes, all near perfection.  Magic.
           If one had to find a fault, the weakest link may have been the playwright.  There’s not much about him in the program notes.  It does say that he based some of the plot on the work of other authors – writers like Chaucer and Plutarch.  That confirms my suspicion that he is a lazy writer, who sticks in timeworn clich├ęs when he is at a loss for words. 
  "Lord, what fools these mortals be!”  Come on – you know you’ve heard that before.
 “The  course of true love never did run smooth.”  That's as old as the hills!

 He uses single phrases, also, that are shopworn from being used by others – things like “single blessedness” , and “ill met by moonlight.”  And on top of that, he simply makes up his own words when he feels like it – “moonbeam” for instance, and “swaggering.” 

But aside from that, it was a really fine production.
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  1. And he totally ripped off West Side Story for another one of his plays