Friday, 14 September 2007
Rosencrantz: What is your line?
Player: Tragedy, sir. Deaths and disclosures, universal and particular, denouements, both unexpected and inexorable, transvestite melodrama on all levels including the suggestive. We transport you into a world of intrigue and illusion -clowns, if you like. murderers -we can do you ghosts and battles, on the skirmish level, heroes, villains, tormented lovers -set pieces in the poetic vein; we can do you rapiers or rape or both, by all means, faithless wives and ravished virgins -flagrante delicto at price, but that comes under realism for which there are special terms. Getting warm, am I?
Rosencrantz(doubtfully): Well, I don't know...
Player: It costs little to watch, and little more if you happen to get caught up in the action, if that's your taste and times being what they are.
Rosencrantz: What are they?