Monday, October 8, 2012

Suburbs of Our Discontent

The Curse of Macbeth

Long have I laughed off the wackily superstitious notion that you're not supposed to say "Macbeth" in the theater unless you're in the midst of performing the play. In other words, if an actor or, um, Shakespeare professor says "Macbeth" in the theater during rehearsals or while just milling around, some bad stuff is gonna happen.

Obviously I should have said "The Scottish Play" and "The Scottish King" and all that because last week the bus that was supposed to take my students to a production of Macbeth departed fifteen minutes early and left a large group of them behind. Yes, I eventually got the bus driver to turn back and retrieve them (via cell phone), but not at the expense of our general angst.

I could go on, but I won't. All I'll say is that, while holding my breath for my students to arrive at the performance, Macbeth's problems seemed pretty small by comparison. It's all about perspective, you know?

No comments:

Post a Comment